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More details in search for missing Maple Falls woman

Missing woman, Julie Montague-Ayers. Source: WCSO

MAPLE FALLS, Wash. — Several agencies and neighbors have been involved in a search for a Maple Falls woman who has been missing since about 9am on Friday, March 10th.

Summit to Sound Search and Rescue and Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) personnel have been conducting ground searches since Friday that have been supported by a helicopter and drones.

Approximate location where the search is being conducted

WCSO Spokesperson Deb Slater provided the following details to Whatcom News about 6:30pm on Saturday, March 11th.

On March 10, deputies responded to the report of missing 67-year-old Julie Montague-Ayers from Maple Falls. Ms. Montague-Ayers and her partner became separated while on a walk. When Ms. Montague-Ayers did not return home and after searching the local area, the partner called 911 around 1:50 pm. A Search and Rescue [SAR] mission was activated and the area was searched by a US Customs helicopter, the Sumas Police Department’s drone, members of Kendall Fire and Summit to Sound ground searchers and K9s.

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The SAR operation continued on Saturday, March 11 which included Summit to Sound K9s and ground searchers, as well as drone support again from Sumas Police Department. There were also many volunteers helping in the search on Saturday. The search will continue on Sunday.

Ms. Montague-Ayers suffers from moderate-level dementia. She is 5’5” and 125 lbs with silver shoulder-length hair with blue eyes. She was wearing red knee-high rubber boots and a knee-length blue, teal and white patterned wool coat, similar to the one shown in the photo [below]. WCSO Spokesperson Deb Slater (March 11, 2023)

A knee-length blue, teal and white patterned wool coat similar to the one the woman was last seen wearing. Source: WCSO
1 of the many posters being put up in the area by volunteers (March 11, 2023). Photo: Whatcom News

Anyone who sees the woman is asked to call 911.

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