Girlfriend: Body ID'ed as Scully
Story Published: Apr 28, 2008 at 10:31 PM PDT
Story Updated: Apr 28, 2008 at 10:51 PM PDT
By KOMO Staff & News Services
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- The body found near the abandoned car of the missing high school coach has been confirmed as that of the coach himself.
Jeremy Scully, 38, disappeared while driving from his Bellingham apartment to a friend's house in Alger. Sully's girlfriend said investigators informed her on Monday night that the man found shot to death has been identified as Scully.
"(He was) the love of my life and I'm going to miss him very much," Robbin Goldsby said tearfully.
Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichardt said the body was found Sunday by hikers in a rugged area of Blanchard Mountain. The hikers reported the discovery to a Whatcom County sheriff's deputy who was in the area searching for Scully. Reichardt said the case was being investigated as a homicide.
Scully's car was found abandoned Saturday afternoon on Interstate 5 near Lake Samish, about 8 miles from where the body was located the next day.
Bellingham Police Department spokesman Lt. Steve Felmley said there were no signs of foul play at the scene where the car was left, with its door ajar and keys in the ignition.
Goldsby said she won't be able to rest until her questions are answered and due justice is served.
"I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to get through just the next few days, not to mention the rest of my life," she said.
Scully coached pole vault at Ferndale High School for eight years. He also worked as a substitute teacher at the school and helped coach pole vaulting at Western Washington University.
Goldsby said Scully often talked about his days with the students, and followed each one's progress closely.
"(Scully was) one of our Ferndale family members, part of our community, and that hurts, that hurts a lot," said Vic Randall, athletic director at Ferndale High School.
"I've coached track for 21 years and I've never worked with somebody so passionate," Ferndale High track coach Ted Genger said. "I've never worked with someone so responsible. He was always the first coach to get there and the last coach to leave, day in and day out."
Goldsby said she wants someone to step forward with answers.
Investigators said Scully was shot in the head, most likely in broad daylight. Goldsby is convinced someone saw something.
"I've done a lot of crying, trying to make deals with God," she said.