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Sheriff’s Office investigating reports of possible kidnapping south of Alderwood

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office deputies are following up on two witness reports of a possible kidnapping that occurred around 5:00 pm on Monday, March 14, 2016, near the intersection of Larch Way and Poplar Way south of Alderwood Mall.

April 5, 2016, update.

Sheriff’s Office detectives with the Special Investigations Unit have positively identified the woman who witnesses reported was possibly kidnapped on March 14th near the intersection of Larch Way and Poplar Way near Lynnwood.

The woman’s family has reported having face-to-face contact with the woman recently.  Detectives are working to interview her and piece together the events that led up to the woman being shoved into a vehicle by an unidentified male.

The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.

March 17, 2016, update.

There are no updates this morning from detectives investigating the possible kidnapping that occurred in Lynnwood on Monday.

Additionally, there have been no missing persons reported matching the description of the victim since the incident occurred.

Detectives continue to follow-up on tips and leads, and the investigation continues.

Original March 14, 2016, article.

By Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Editor's note: This article includes updated information received at 11:03 pm on Monday evening.

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office deputies are following up on two witness reports of a possible kidnapping that occurred around 5:49 pm on Monday, March 14, 2016, near the intersection of Larch Way and Poplar Way south of Alderwood Mall.  

The witnesses reported that a woman in her mid-teens to early 20's was walking eastbound along Larch Way when a blue Ford Explorer stopped.  The driver was reported to have jumped out of the vehicle, leaving the driver side door open, grabbed the female, and shoved her into the vehicle through the driver side door.  

The vehicle fled the area traveling eastbound on Larch Way, then turned northbound on 28th Avenue W.  The vehicle is then reported to have made a U-turn traveling southbound on 28th Avenue W.  

The male is described as a 5'9" white or light skinned Hispanic male, medium to light build, wearing a dark grey beanie.  

The female is described as having long blonde or dark blonde hair and was wearing a white jacket with fur around the hood.  

Witnesses said they could not see any license plates on the Ford Explorer.

Detectives determined that the victim was at a grocery store at 212th and 44th Avenue W in Lynnwood at around 5:32 pm. 

Video surveillance shows the victim arriving at the store, driving the suspect vehicle.  She enters the store, then leaves a few minutes later and drives away in the vehicle.

The victim does not appear to be accompanied by anyone at the store, nor does there appear to be anyone else in the vehicle. 

The location of the crime, which occurred approximately 15 minutes later, is a little over half a mile west from the store.

Photo of the female Sheriff's Office detectives believe may be a victim of kidnapping earlier today in Lynnwood. This photo taken from surveillance video from the Albertson's at 212th and 44th Ave in Lynnwood.

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