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FEATURE NEWS

Missing Bonney Lake Girl
Found in Puyallup

June 04, 2018



Chronicle staff

(PUYALLUP, WA.) – There is good news to start off a northwest week. Lily Christopherson, 15, the Bonney Lake, Washington girl that went missing May 9th after she ran away from home has been found.

Alive.

Many times these missing teen stories – particularly ones that had the troubling angles this one did – don’t end well. This missing persons case did.

First word came at 3:49 pm Sunday from the Bonney Lake Police Department in a short tweet: “Lily has been found safe by the PPD in Puyallup! She's being reunited with her family. Please respect their privacy at this time. Thank you!”

PPD means Puyallup Police Department. Then a few minutes later this: “We will have no further comment at this time about her recovery. We will be providing info in the next several days as soon as possible.”

The News Tribune in Tacoma reported that Lily, “Was at a bus stop in the 1700 block of South Meridian when a passerby spotted her and notified police,” according to Puyallup Police spokesman Ryan Portmann.

The report said she was then turned over to Bonney Lake police. It was not clear if she was alone at the bus stop or if someone else was with her.

The “troubling angles” to this story noted above refer to the fact Lily met up with two people who were eventually arrested.

In Pierce County last week two people, a man and a woman were charged by the Pierce County Prosecutor’s office with kidnapping, sex and drug crimes in connection with the disappearance of Lily.

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 May 26 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 May 29 at the Pierce County jail by hanging himself with a towel on a jail shower door.

Published reports say Fitzpatrick has a criminal history which includes two prior convictions for failing to register as a sex offender.

Details on that story can be found here .

One more thing. The thank you.

At 4:27 pm Sunday, this from the Bonney Lake Police Dept: “The FIRST of MANY thank you's go to the PPD, FBI, DOC, USMS, the media, Lily's friends and family and the public! Thank you everyone!!!”





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