Statement from Chief King County Medical Examiner on passing of state forensic anthropologist

Dr. Kathy Taylor
Dr. Kathy Taylor

On August 1, 2021, Dr. Kathy Taylor, Forensic Anthropologist for King County and the State of Washington, passed away. For a quarter century, Dr. Taylor served the public with distinction and compassion in helping to identify human remains and reunite them with families. Her work also served as a critical link in solving criminal investigations, including the Green River Killer murders.

Following is a statement from Chief King County Medical Examiner Dr. Richard Harruff on her passing:

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Kathy Taylor. Dr. Taylor had a deep commitment to finding the missing, and putting names to the unidentified. Kathy, or KT as we often called her, also had a passion for teaching, sharing her knowledge with students, doctors, law enforcement, coroners and the public. The impact of Dr. Taylor on forensic investigation locally, regionally and nationally was profound, as was her impact on the colleagues, families, students and the countless others she touched. We will miss her.

Selected stories featuring Dr. Taylor’s work:

The bare bones: How WA State’s only forensic anthropologist does it all

Anatomy of a Cold Case: Real life (Bones) CSI Rock Star Dr. Kathy “KT” Taylor

Forensic anthropology is in her bones: Taylor helps identify youngest Green River Killer victim

On a forensic mission to give Jane and John Does back their names

Q&A: Forensic anthropologist Kathy Taylor investigates WA bones, mysteries

Originally posted August 1, 2021