Man arrested in slaying of 17-year-old Wenatchee girl

WENATCHEE, Wash. – A 29-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in the February stabbing death of a 17-year-old Wenatchee beauty school classmate, police said.

The task force investigating the slaying said officers arrested Christopher Scott Wilson, of Wenatchee, who was linked to the case by DNA found on duct tape from where Mackenzie Cowell's body was found along the Columbia River.

Wilson was being held in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center for investigation of second-degree murder, the task force said.

"Wilson was contacted along with other students at the school and gave a voluntary DNA sample to investigators," said a news release from Sgt. John Kruse, spokesman for the Cowell Homicide Task Force. "In addition to Wilson's DNA, blood from Mackenzie Cowell was also found on this piece of duct tape."

Cowell disappeared Feb. 9, and was last seen alive earlier that day at the Academy of Hair Design. Her body was found at Crescent Bar on Feb. 13.

No motive was released.