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CAR FOUND OFF STEVENS PASS: BELONGED TO MISSING WOMAN
April 18, 2009
(STEVENS PASS, WA) – Officials say the car of a Lake Stevens woman missing for almost a month has been found down an embankment along the Stevens Pass highway. A body was found inside the vehicle.
Missing Connie Koch's car was found on steep embankement off Stevens Pass. CLICK TO ENLARGE
The Washington State Patrol says the car, a 2005 Toyota Corolla, was discovered about 5:30 p.m. Saturday by accident by a State Department of Transportation snowplow driver who was waiting to start his sift and just happened to be standing by the side of the road looking down a steep embankment.
The vehicle was spotted about 150 feet down the embankment off U.S. Highway 2, about two miles west of the Stevens Pass summit. Officials say it appeared the vehicle was headed Westbound on the highway when it went off the road.
Officials say the care has been identified as the one belonging to 64-year-old Connie Koch of Lake Stevens, adding that a body was found inside the car but was not immediately identified.
Connie Koch, a longtime teacher in the Lake Stevens School District since the mid-1980s and most recently at Northlake Middle School, was last seen March 26 at her home, when she was preparing to fly to Texas for a medical procedure.
According to family members Connie was last seen at around 2 p.m. that day. Her brother Steve had gone out on a few errands and when he returned at 4 p.m. Connie's car was gone and she hadn't left a note.
Thinking that she had ran some last minute errands for the trip to Texas the next day he waited for her to return. When she did not return by 6:30 p.m. a family member called police to file a missing person's report as a precaution.
A TEXT MESSAGE WITH JUST FOUR WORDS
At around 4:30 p.m. that day it is believed it was Connie who sent a text message from her cell phone to her sister-in-law Cathy in California that said, “look at Stevens Pass.” That was the last contact from her cell phone.
A store clerk in the Skykomish area reported seeing Koch that day and told search volunteers she bought a sandwich and commented that she was headed to Leavenworth to go shopping.