The website pnwlocalnew.com reported in an article on January 14, 2009 that the search for Lynn Stafford-Yilmaz 45, had been called off. Stafford-Yilmaz’s van was found with no sight of the woman when the Puyallup ferry she was riding from Seattle to Bainbridge arrived at Eagle Harbor. Washington state police reported that Stafford-Yilmaz’s personal items were found on the passenger deck.
Marine divisions from the Seattle police department, Bainbridge police department, along with a coast guard helicopter, searched the area with no luck in this wrongful death case. Commander Michael Long, chief response for the Seattle coast guard, stated that the search had been exhaustive.
Long said, “We have saturated the search area and have not located anyone. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.”
Long stated that the coast guard asks that mariners call in any signs of trouble on the water to them or call 911. A description of a white female, 5 feet and 5 inches tall, 130 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes was given for Stafford-Yilmaz. Washington State police ask that anyone with information please contact detective Dave Killeen at 360-406-6650.
Bernard Law Group, Seattle Washington wrongful death lawyers, has been representing the victims of negligence for years. Our team of dedicated lawyers represents persons who have suffered serious personal injury or wrongful death in Washington. Clearly this case illustrates the complexities of involving a missing person. The Bernard Law Group can be of great help during these extremely difficult times. They are experienced and knowledgeable and will fight for you. Please call 1-800-418-8282 for a free consultation.