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        Immigration Issues
with Jennifer & Peter Wipf
                                 Body Is That of Mail Bride

By Karl Schweizer Herald Writer

HeraldNet - December 31, 2000

               MOUNTLAKE TERRACE -- To friends of Anastasia Soloveva King,
she was far more than a mail-order bride. She was a graceful,
hard-working woman with poise beyond her years.

               Police confirmed Saturday that a body found on the Tulalip
Reservation Thursday is that of King.

               The 20-year-old immigrant from the former Soviet republic of
Kyrgystan had been missing since Sept. 22, when she and her husband
returned from a three-week visit to her parents in Bishkek,

               Her husband, Indle G. King, 39, was arrested Friday at his
Mountlake Terrace home on suspicion of first-degree murder. He is
being held without bail at the Snohomish County Jail.

               The news of King's death was a blow to employees of
McCormick's Fish House in Seattle, where the strikingly beautiful
woman had worked as a hostess since December of last year.

               "It's like a kick in the stomach. You can't move. You can't
breathe," said Kerry White, executive chef at the restaurant. "It's
hard for people to deal with the fact that this has happened."

               Although shocked, White said she was not surprised to hear
that her employee was dead. Employees suspected foul play from the
time King disappeared, in part because she had enrolled at the
University of Washington and was scheduled to attend classes when she
returned from her trip.

               She also kept in regular contact with her parents, who hired
a private investigator when her communications with them suddenly
ended, White said.

               King had also complained to co-workers about her relationship
with her husband.

               Indle King filed for divorce on Aug. 21. In court documents,
he said his wife was avoiding him to keep from being served with
divorce papers. He also alleged that she was hiding to avoid
deportation by immigration officials.

               Anastasia was a permanent resident who would have been
eligible for U.S. citizenship in October, but she failed to show up
for the hearing as expected.

               Last month, police said that Indle King told them he had
flown to Kyrgyzstan and stayed with his wife's parents for three days
before the couple flew home. Indle King told investigators that he
and his wife had an argument at the airport in Moscow and she walked
away, telling him she planned to stay in Russia, Sgt. Craig McCaul
said last month, when police were still searching for Anastasia King.

               Federal immigration and customs agents told police that both
Indle and Anastasia King returned on the same flight. Indle King said
he wasn't aware she was aboard the plane, McCaul said.

               Three months later, a tip from an acquaintance of Indle King
led police to her body, about 25 miles north of the couple's
Mountlake Terrace home.

               No one was home at the King residence Saturday. A neighbor
said he had seen tenants who rented rooms from Indle King packing
their belongings and leaving earlier.

               At the restaurant, employees struggled with their grief. Some
were trying to track down the address of Anastasia King's parents,
White said.

               Although White oversees more than 60 employees, she said King
stood out for her natural ability to solve problems and to make
people feel comfortable.

               King was also very beautiful, with long, blonde hair, green
eyes and high cheekbones, White said.

               And she had many talents. She spoke three languages fluently.
She had studied music in Kyrgyzstan with an emphasis on piano. She
had worked there as a model and at a travel agency, booking tours.
She was also a music tutor to young people.

               In this country, she worked hard, made plans to invest her
money and seemed extremely responsible, White said.

               "A lot of women at 20 are flighty and not put together. She
was very poised and really together," White said. "She was
responsible, and you could tell she had lived her life that way. She
had a lot of grace as a human being."

               "It's a huge waste of human life. She had the potential to be
anything she wanted to be."

               You can call Herald Writer Karl Schweizer at 425-339-3452

               or send e-mail to schweizer@heraldnet.com .

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