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Search suspended for missing Maple Falls woman but investigation continues

MAPLE FALLS, Wash. — Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Deb Slater told Whatcom News about 1:45pm this afternoon, Monday, March 13th, “The official ground search has been suspended, [but] subsequent searches may be conducted” for a Maple Falls woman reported missing on Friday, March 10th.

Slater said their “investigation continues today” and that “No foul play is suspected at this time.”

A search and rescue operation has been underway since Friday and included a US Customs and Border Protection helicopter, a Sumas Police Department’s drone, members of Kendall Fire and Summit to Sound Search and Rescue ground searchers and K9s along with volunteers from the community. 

Area residents have been asked to check yards, sheds and outbuildings.

A Washington State Silver Alert was also activated by the Washington State Patrol.

The missing woman reportedly suffers from moderate-level dementia. She is 67 years old, 5-foot 5-inches tall, weighs about 125 pounds and has 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.

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