Cedar Way was closed Tuesday morning between 236th Street Southwest and 202nd Street Southwest so search and rescue crews could comb through brush and climb on their hands and knees looking for any evidence related to a body found Sunday afternoon.
About 50 people painstakingly picked through the wooded area and dove into the water below the roadway in the area where the body was found.
The search was concentrated in the area of a culvert located at 244th Street Southwest and Cedar Way, but crews closed down a large area of roads to keep traffic flowing on major roads and reduce traffic jams in the search area.
Roads are expected to reopen before 2 p.m.
Mountlake Terrace police spokesman Commander Kevin Pickard says the department is determined to find any leads or clues as to what lead to the death of the woman found in the culvert. Pickard said Monday the body’s description matches that of Cheryl DeBoer, a woman who was last heard from Monday, Feb. 8 at 7 a.m.
“We are dedicating all of our resources into this case,” Pickard said.
Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious between 7 a.m. on Feb. 8 and 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 to come forward with information. Specifically, they are looking into suspicious activity, people, vehicles or noises near the Mountlake Terrace Library, the Transit Center and around the intersection of 244th Street Southwest and Cedar Way. Any information is helpful to the investigation, Pickard said.
Volunteer crews organized by friends, family and coworkers searched for DeBoer every day since she vanished. They were the crews that found the body in the culvert Sunday.
–By Natalie Covate