Retiring Snohomish County cold-case detective reflects on 45-year career

Detective Jim Scharf has helped solve 24 cold cases in the last 17 years. Thursday was his last day with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

EVERETT, Wash. — Cracking cold cases and helping families after heinous crimes is what motivates Snohomish County Sheriff’s Detective Jim Scharf.

“I was always interested in trying to catch the worst of the worst,” said Scharf.

After 45 years in law enforcement, Scharf is ready to retire. On his last day at work, he was able to announce another case solved during a news conference on Thursday afternoon.

“Seventeen-year-old Michelle Koski was sexually assaulted and murdered in

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