Police are checking surveillance video and phone records, as well as conducting interviews with those close to Cheryl DeBoer, who was reported missing Monday after she failed to arrived at work.
Mountlake Terrace police continue to search for Cheryl DeBoer, who was reported missing under suspicious circumstances Monday.
DeBoer’s husband reported her missing Monday afternoon after he learned she did not show up for work at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, police said. Investigators are now reviewing surveillance footage and phone records in hopes of tracing her steps.
“We are putting all of our resources into this investigation,” Mountlake Terrace police Cmdr. Kevin Pickard said during a news briefing Wednesday morning.
DeBoer, 54, was supposed to meet a friend at the Mountlake Terrace Park & Ride lot and carpool to work Monday morning, but she texted her friend around 7 a.m. indicating she had left her work ID badge at home and after fetching it would catch a bus instead, police said.
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Assistant Police Chief Pete Caw said records indicate DeBoer didn’t use her ORCA pass for a bus ride that morning, though she could have used cash.
There has been no activity on her cellphone or bank account, he added.
DeBoer’s husband found her vehicle Monday, parked in the 23400 block of 58th Avenue Southwest in Mountlake Terrace, an area often used as overflow parking for the transit center, police said. Investigators believe she was near it when she disappeared, according to a news release.
Police obtained a search warrant to look in the vehicle, a 1988 Subaru Legacy, only to find a book, Caw said. Police impounded the car to process for evidence, he said. Investigators have not recovered DeBoer’s purse.
Police are reviewing phone records of DeBoer’s family, searching for repetitive or unusual activity, he said. Investigators are also checking surveillance footage near the bus stops and park-and-ride lot, as well as conducting interviews with those close to her, Caw said.
Dozens of volunteers, many of whom are DeBoer’s co-workers, joined law enforcement Tuesday to search for her near the lot and the downtown Seattle area where she would have gotten off the bus. They found nothing, Caw said. Police called off that search around 6 p.m. Tuesday, though some of DeBoer’s family continued the search Wednesday, he said.
“You can only look so much,” Caw said. “It’s a big area.”
DeBoer’s family has cooperated with investigators, police said.
According to a news release, family members and co-workers describe her as stable and say her disappearance is “completely out of character.”
Police said Wednesday they are continuing to look at her disappearance as suspicious. Asked whether she may have been the victim of foul play, Pickard said, “We’re looking at everything right now.”
She is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 130 pounds with red, curly hair. She was last wearing dark pants and a dark jacket, according to police.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Mountlake Terrace Police Department at 425-670-8260 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., or the dispatch center at 425-775-4545 after those hours.