The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

29 June 2007

Seattle Talk Radio, Mike Webb Disappearance


Body Found In Former KIRO Host's Home

*** Updates Here 1pm EDT: KING 5 TV Has New Details ***

With the discovery of a badly- decomposed body inside his home, the mystery over the whereabouts of former KIRO / Seattle libtalker Mike Webb has only deepened this morning.

Seattle TV newscasts have been leading off with details of the grisly find, with some speculating the body could be Webb's. He's been missing since April, leaving family and friends wondering where he could be.

*** The Seattle Post- Intelligencer has just posted an update here. ***

But the Queen Anne Hill home had already been searched a number of times in recent weeks and there was no indication a body was inside. So where did this one come from? Who is it?

As of yet, Seattle Police haven't a clue, even to determine its gender.

See this 2006 Seattle Weekly cover story for important background details on Webb's strange life and behavior.

His website carries this update:

Today there have been reports of a body being found in Mike Webb's home. At this time we have not heard any details as to where the body was found in the house, or a confirmation of identity. This is very important information we must obtain before we can determine Mike's whereabouts. Mike's family and friends are very concerned and are hoping Mike is still alive.

There are many questions to be answered, but the house has been searched several times prior to today and there wasn't evidence of foul play in the home until now. Police, Fire, and friends have been through the house many times since mid-May without incident. This discovery today brings many more questions to this mystery. For the sake of Mike's family and friends, please leave the speculation to the Seattle Police department. They are looking into this as a "suspicious death" and have NOT confirmed it is Mike.

After his arrest on insurance fraud charges, Webb was fired from KIRO and ultimately convicted. The Seattle- based Blatherwatch liberal talk radio blog has been tracking the case from the beginning, but now has some "progressives" posting nasty comments attacking lefty proprietor Michael Hood:


BLATHERWATCH is partly at fault for his death!! Shame on you!!

Posted by: riame47 | June 28, 2007 at 06:59 PM

His family was there cleaning up the house, the police have been there several times...all spent a lot of time searching for him...I dont understand... How could you not find a dead body if you search the whole house, especially one that had supposedly been there long enough to decompose that badly??
I hope it is not Mike, and Im sorry for whoever it turns out to be.

Posted by: sparky | June 28, 2007 at 07:10 PM


Nice Work!

Posted by: spooky11 | June 28, 2007 at 07:13 PM

It could be anyone's body. Earlier reports had said people had moved into the home.

Posted by: Some Guy | June 28, 2007 at 08:01 PM

What kind of idiotic police department do we have here? How come they didn't find him earlier.

Michael Hood drove that man to his death. You just had to take things too far.

Posted by: I am me | June 28, 2007 at 09:08 PM

If it turns out to be Mike, Hood and the rest of Blatherwatch should feel sick about themselves. Look back on this blog at the relentless personal attacks and harrasment toward this individual with mental health issues. It may or may not have contributed to this potential tragedy, but was it really necessary to be so cruel?

Posted by: so so 55 | June 28, 2007 at 10:13 PM

Keeping in mind that some of these folks spend every waking moment believing George W Bush planned the 9-11 attacks, it's still important to note that Hood has consistently stuck to the facts about Webb, even in the face of threats.

While Hood is a known "progressive", sharing many political beliefs with Webb, he nonetheless covered the story in a meticulous and objective manner.

Though he was a workplace nightmare for many, no one wishes Mike harm and our thoughts and prayers are with him this morning.

Webb house with police command tent: KING 5 TV Seattle, Webb photo: Seattle Times

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