Police investigate beating death of Moses Lake woman

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MOSES LAKE -- A 39-year-old Moses Lake woman died at a Spokane hospital a day after she was allegedly beaten by her 48-year-old boyfriend.

Moses Lake police officers were called to Wal-Mart on Saturday afternoon after someone reported a man was assaulting a woman in the parking lot, Capt. Dave Ruffin said Monday.

Officers were unable to find the couple or their vehicle, but tracked them down after another call came in about an assault in the 2200 block of Maiers Road. The description of the couple matched the description from the Wal-Mart assault.

Elizabeth D. Bouvier was found with injuries to her face and other scrapes and bruises on her body, Ruffin said. She was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake and later flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

She died at about 2 p.m. Sunday.

William M. Creek of Moses Lake was initially arrested Saturday on suspicion of domestic violence assault. The charges were upgraded to second-degree murder Sunday. He remains in the Grant County jail.

It's not known whether Creek punched Bouvier or if he used something to hit her, Ruffin said.

Detectives also don't know whether the assault continued while they drove from Wal-Mart to the Maiers Road location where the couple were found.

"Originally we thought it was an assault, probably a gross misdemeanor," the police captain said. "The person went to jail and the vehicle wasn't impounded."

When Bouvier died, officers secured the vehicle and were waiting to get a warrant to search it.

Detectives also will have to wait for autopsy results to provide information about Bouvier's injuries.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner's office said it will conduct the autopsy but no date had been scheduled as of Monday afternoon.

Moses Lake detectives also are trying to determine if Creek had a history of domestic violence assault.

They are trying to sort out his criminal history from other states to determine whether he has had convictions, Ruffin said.
Posted on: March 07, 2008, 11:11:23 AM
MOSES LAKE - Moses Lake police are looking for a man who witnessed a male reportedly assaulting a woman which eventually led to her death earlier this month.

At approximately 4 p.m., March 1, Elizabeth Bouvier, 39, was reportedly beaten by her boyfriend William M. Creek, 48, who was arrested for assault in the fourth degree.

The incident began in the Wal-Mart parking lot and ended on Maiers Road. The charges were upgraded to second-degree murder-domestic violence the following day when Bouvier died in Spokane.

Police Chief Dean Mitchell stated police are looking for a witness who reportedly saw the assault. The witness is described as a Hispanic male in his mid-50s who was wearing western-theme clothing, he noted. The man is approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a stocky build and a mustache. The witness appeared to be driving a gray Ford F-150 pickup.

Mitchell urges people who might know the witness or saw the incident to contact Sgt. Dave Sands at 509-766-9230.

Creek is in custody and is expected to enter a plea next week in Grant County Superior Court.

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