Body of missing Mountlake Terrace woman found by search party

Cheryl DeBoer.

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. -- The body of a woman who went missing in Mountlake Terrace on Monday has been found.

Police said it was a search party for 54-year-old Cheryl DeBoer that discovered the body of a woman in a culvert located at Cedar Way and 244th Street SW.

"It is with deep regret and sorrow that we've recently had confirmation that Cheryl DeBoer, missing since February 8, has been found," Han Nachtrieb, VP of Human Resources at Fred Hutchinson said. "Cheryl has been in the hearts and minds of her many friends and coworkers, and we are deeply saddened by this tragic news."

The investigation closed off streets around 237 Cedar Way Sunday afternoon. A cause of death has not been determined, and will be released by a medical examiner, Kevin Pickard with Mountlake Terrace police said.

"This investigation has just begun," Pickard repeated during a Sunday afternoon press conference. Pickard said the search party found the body after broadening the search area.

According to police, DeBoer texted a friend on her way to work on Monday, then vanished. Investigators called her disappearance "suspicious."

On Tuesday, search teams spent much of the day combing the area around the Transit Center where her car was located, but found nothing. A K-9 police dog was brought in, without any result.

Pickard described DeBoer as a "very responsible person," and said her disappearance was "very unusual."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Heidi Froisland or Detective Sgt. Mike Haynes at (425) 670-8260.

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