Two witnesses reported a man shoved a young woman into a vehicle around 6 p.m. as she was walking east along Larch Way, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.
Update at 10:48 a.m. Tuesday: As of Tuesday morning, detectives had no new information and had not identified either the alleged victim or suspect, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton.
“Without those pieces of information, we don’t have a lot to go on,” she said.
There are no missing-person cases that match the incident and “no one’s come forward and said, ‘It’s me and I just had a fight with my boyfriend,’ ” Ireton said.
While detectives have checked out phone tips about the woman’s identity, none have them have turned out to be the woman in the surveillance footage, she said.
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Original story: Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies are investigating reports of a young woman being kidnapped off a Lynnwood road Monday.
Two witnesses told deputies they saw a man force a woman into his blue Ford Explorer around 5:50 p.m. near the intersection of Larch and Poplar ways, according to the sheriff’s office.
The woman, described as being in her midteens to early 20s, was walking east on Larch Way when the vehicle stopped and a male driver got out, leaving the driver-side door open, the witnesses said.
The man then grabbed the woman, the witnesses said, and “shoved her into the vehicle through the driver-side door,” according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.
About 15 minutes earlier, surveillance footage captured the woman at a nearby Albertsons grocery store about a half-mile east of where witnesses reported the kidnapping, according to the sheriff’s office.
Investigators said late Monday the footage shows the woman driving the Explorer to the store at 212th Street Southwest and 44th Avenue West, according to the sheriff’s office. After spending a few minutes inside the store, the woman then returned to the vehicle and drove away, deputies said.
Investigators believe she was alone both inside the store and driving the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office.
The witnesses told investigators they could not see license plates on the Explorer.
The witnesses said once the woman was inside the vehicle, the Explorer went eastbound on Larch Way, and then turned northbound on 28th Avenue West. There, investigators believe the driver made a U-turn to travel southbound.
Deputies say the man is described as a light-skinned white or Hispanic, 5 feet 9, with a medium-to-thin build. He was reportedly wearing a dark-grey beanie, according to the sheriff’s office.
The woman reportedly has long, blonde or dark-blonde hair and was wearing a white jacket with fur around the hood, deputies said.
No other details were immediately available.