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SEARCH IN STEVENS PASS AREA FOR MISSING WOMAN
April 02, 2009
CONNIE KOCH. Click to enlargeUpdated Missing Persons flyer for Connie Koch. CLICK TO OPEN AND DOWNLOAD.(LAKE STEVENS, WA) -- Lake Stevens teacher Connie Koch remains missing for the 8th day as law enforcement agencies, family, friends and volunteers continue to search for Ms. Koch in the vicinity of Stevens Pass.
A notice was posted yesterday on a family blog site set up to keep Connie’s other family members and friends informed as to the latest news. It said a volunteer was organizing a meeting at Northlake Middle School at 7 a.m. this morning. The group was planning on leaving the school 7:30 am to search all the way over the mountains this time.
The family also posted a note saying, “We also want to take time to say thank you to everyone who has searched, or is planning on searching tomorrow. You are all so amazing!”
According to family members the 62-year old Ms. Koch as last seen at around 2 p.m. on Thursday March 26th at her home. Her brother, Steve, left on a few errands. 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 a trip to Texas the next day for a medical appointment, 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.
Around 2:15 p.m.. that day Connie had spoken to her neighbor about taking care of her house while she was in Texas, and also made a phone call to H & R Block's (the tax preparation agency) 800 number.
A TEXT MESSAGE WITH JUST FOUR WORDS
At around 4:30 p.m. that day it is believed that 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.
Phone calls sent to it later were sent straight to voice mail. The neighbor was unaware that Connie was missing when she arrived for the key to Connie's house later that evening.
Thursday night, family members went searching the Mountain Loop highway for her car with Officer Jared from the Lake Stevens Police Dept.
Friday morning family members searched the Stevens Pass area but with no luck. Connnie did not return for her luggage and missed her 11:45 a.m. flight to Texas.
Koch’s disappearance remains a mystery in which that short, cryptic text message is one of only two clues, Lake Stevens Police and a worried family have asked for the public’s help in finding Connie.
Connie’s picture is at the top of this story. Click image to enlarge. There is also an updated Connie Koch missing person’s flyer you can download and print out in the PDF file underneath Connie's photo if you would like to help Connie’s family by distributing the flyers.
FAMILY RECEIVES NEW CLUE IN SEARCH
On Tuesday of this week, March 31st, the family posted news of a second cue as to Connie’s whereabouts. The message said, “We have some news from a Boy Scout search on the pass - Connie was seen getting a sandwich at a deli in Skykomish Thursday afternoon, when the pass was closed.
This is the fist bit of news we have had in a while, so a BIG thank you to the Boy Scouts and Danette McCroskey for organizing that search and fliering! We are hoping to hear back from the police today about a plane to fly over with some heat detection and the Civil Air Patrol about a volunteer aerial search.
With all the searches we have done, it seems less and less likely that Connie is on Stevens Pass - although we are still concentrating on that area.
The police are investigating several different accounts that Connie may have been using. Thank you everyone for your encouragement and support during these tough times. We are all so thankful for the outpouring of well wishes and prayers from the community.”
Koch’s daughter, Hope believes her mother's medical condition was affecting her ability to function day to day and to think clearly adding that Koch taped the air vents shut in her home and sealed shelves with aluminum foil to block chemical odors in the house that she was extremely sensitive to.
Koch’s son Tim Jorgensen thinks his mother could have driven up to Stevens Pass on her own to think, got confused and is now in the area in a state of fear or she may have tried to drive herself to Texas instead of flying as she was nervous about inhaling concentrated chemical smells in the plane’s cabin during the flight.
DESCRIPTION OF CONNIE KOCH AND HER MISSING CAR
Connie Koch is described as a Caucasian female, 62 years old, 5-foot-4 and weighing about 130 pounds. She has blue eyes and blond & gray hair. Again, her vehicle that is missing is a white, 2005 Toyota Corolla with the Washington state license plate 971VOL.
Anyone having any information that might lead to the whereabouts of Connie Koch is asked to call 911 or the Lake Stevens Police Department at 425-335-9537.