Auburn police detectives are worried an 18-year-old woman who has been missing for two months might have met with foul play.

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Auburn police detectives are worried an 18-year-old woman who has been missing for two months might have met with foul play.

Caleta S. White was last seen by her mother Aug. 21 after saying she planned to take a bus to Tukwila to see her boyfriend, according to Auburn police Sgt. Jamie Sidell. White also missed an Aug. 24 doctor’s appointment, he said.

White’s associates have given inconsistent information about when they last saw her and White hasn’t made contact with any of her loved ones, Sidell said. Though he wouldn’t elaborate because of the sensitivity of the investigation, Sidell said the circumstances surrounding her disappearance have led detectives to think she may be dead.

White is black, approximately 5 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs 83 pounds. Anyone with information about White is asked to call Auburn police at 253-931-3080.

Federal Way

School locked down after teen is shot

In the midst of parent-teacher conferences Thursday night, police locked down Federal Way High School as officers looked for a teen suspected of shooting a 14-year-old boy in a parking lot across from the school.

Just before 6 p.m., a group of about 30 youths got into a confrontation outside the Village at the Lake apartment complex, at South 308th Street and Pacific Highway South, said police spokeswoman Stacy Flores.

The 14-year-old was shot in the buttocks and taken to a local hospital, Flores said. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.


Candidate sought for hospitals’ post

The University of Washington is beginning a national search for someone to run two of the state’s largest hospitals: the UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center.

The successful candidate for the position of UW Medicine Chief Operating Officer will oversee clinical operations at the two hospitals and several other clinics.

The successful candidate will report to Paul Ramsey, who runs the hospitals as UW’s vice president for medical affairs. Ramsey will get two new titles effective Nov. 1: chief executive of UW Medicine and executive vice president for medical affairs. He will retain his position as dean of the UW School of Medicine.

Also reporting to Ramsey under the new structure will be Bruce Ferguson, UW Medicine’s chief financial officer.

UW spokesman Norm Arkans said the changes will create a more unified, corporate-style structure for the large medical operation, which accounts for more than half of the UW’s $3 billion annual budget.

Fort Lewis

Infantryman is identified

An infantryman killed in Arizona this week was the first Fort Lewis soldier to die in a training accident in more than a year, a spokeswoman for the Army post said Thursday.

Fort Lewis officials identified the soldier as Pfc. Bryant Christopher Compean, 19, of El Campo, Texas. He died Tuesday night during weapons practice at a firing range at Arizona’s Yuma Proving Ground, a 1,300-square-mile desert training center.

Soldiers had been taking advantage of some free time to practice firing M-249 squad automatic weapons, a light machine gun, said Tammy Reed, a spokeswoman at Fort Lewis.

Reed said the accident was still being investigated and that she could not say whether the soldier had been shot.


Court stands by gay-marriage ban

The state Supreme Court said it will stand by its endorsement of Washington’s gay-marriage ban.

Gay and lesbian couples had asked the justices to reconsider their 5-4 ruling upholding the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples.

The court’s denial, in a one-page ruling Wednesday signed by Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, is the final word in the case. Further appeal is not possible because no federal legal issues were raised. The high court rarely reconsiders its rulings, and few observers expected justices to revisit a ruling that took nearly 18 months to craft.

Seattle Times staff and news services