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Man and woman charged with multiple crimes in connection with missing
Bonney Lake, WA girl

May 30, 2018




Lileana "Lily" Christopherson, 15, remains missing
Chronicle staff

(TACOMA. WA.) – In Pierce County two people, a man and a woman were charged by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s office Tuesday with kidnapping, sex and drug crimes in connection with the disappearance of a missing Bonney Lake, Washington teenager.

Lileana "Lily" Christopherson, 15, remains missing.

Both of the accused, Christopher Fitzpatrick, 39, and Maria Ann Counts, 29, pleaded not guilty at arraignment. A judge set their bail at at $2 million for Mr. Fitzpatrick and at $500,000 for Ms. Counts. They are accused of first-degree kidnapping, promoting commercial sex abuse of a minor and providing drugs to a minor.

Fitzpatrick was found by authorities on Saturday at a Lakewood residence. He was arrested on a warrant for failing to register as a sex offender. He also pleaded not guilty to that charge at the arraignment.

A Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Fitzpatrick had attempted to kill himself about 4 pm Tuesday at the Pierce County jail by hanging himself with a towel on a jail shower door. He was quickly rushed to a local hospital where he was expected to recover and be taken back to jail soon.

Published reports say Fitzpatrick has a criminal history which includes two prior convictions for failing to register as a sex offender as well as assault and felony harassment for sexually assaulting a woman he was married to. Court documents in the case allege Fitzpatrick and Maria Counts approached Lily after she ran away from home with a friend on May 9th or 10th.

After running away the two runaways ended up at the Federal Way Transit Center where Lily allegedly met up with Fitzpatrick and Maria Counts.

After talking to an 18-year old witness with knowledge of the case, police discovered Lily went to an RV in the area where drugs were used and then to an apartment where the witness overheard Fitzpatrick and Counts telling the girl she could be taken to a hotel where she could make money if she took some photos.

Police eventually learned that the missing teen as well as Fitzpatrick and Counts had all gone to a Tacoma residence, but they left before police went there. Later, investigators went to a Tumwater motel where Counts was found an arrested but Christopherson was not there.

Police discovered on a phone, allegedly associated with Counts information to indicate that Counts and Fitzpatrick were promoting prostitution with the missing teen and that photos of the girl were found on that phone.

Police believe that Counts and Fitzpatrick became aware that authorities were searching for the teen and as a result the three of them moved around the area to keep from being located.

Anyone who knows where Lily Christopherson is or where she might be is asked to call 911 or the U.S. Marshals hot line at 206-370-8600.





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