State v. Thompson
In State v. Thompson, 73 Wn. App. 654, 870 P.2d 1022, 1028 (Wash. App. 1994), the evidence established that the victim, known as a reliable and dependable person, disappeared after she had made several appointments for future dates, that she had not informed anyone of any travel plans, and that she left behind dirty dishes and her normally well-cared for cat without any food or water.
The court held that the totality of these circumstances led to the "strong inference" that the victim had died "and that her death was sudden and caused by criminal means." Id.