Sequim mystery solved: Longview pair takes prize
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Phil Castell, president of the Sequim Chamber of Commerce, Sequim Mayor Ken Hays and retired educator Emily Westcott, from left, entertain gallery-goers and hand out “Whodunnit Downtown” entry forms at Blue Whole Gallery in downtown Sequim on Friday.

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

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SEQUIM — Two visiting “detectives” figured out the crime and won a trip to Victoria in the Sequim “Whodunnit Downtown” contest last week.

Friday's mystery walkabout added some flair to the First Friday Art Walk downtown.

Using clues sprinkled around local businesses, Brittany and Joel Thomas of Longview deduced that the fictional killer of “Mayor Jilson White” in 1913 was “Long John Silver with a walking stick,” during the event sponsored by the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber Merchants' Group.

The pair eliminated four other suspects and four possible weapons by visiting nine Sequim businesses and collecting game cards.

The Thomases' entry was selected randomly at a drawing at Sunshine Cafe, 145 W. Washington St., from among other contestants who also read the clues right.

The couple will receive a free stay at the Royal Scot Hotel in Victoria, as well as free round-trip transportation to Victoria on the MV Coho ferry.

Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at

Last modified: January 06. 2013 6:13PM
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