No foul play found in woman’s disappearance from ferry

State Patrol detectives have determined there was no indication of any criminal activity associated with the disappearance of Bellevue resident Lynn Stafford-Yilmaz from a Bainbridge-bound ferry Jan. 13.

At the end of January, the Stafford-Yilmaz’s husband told friends and co-workers he believed she had committed suicide, stating she left a note indicating she had decided to end her life.

On the night of her disappearance, ferry personnel found her Ford Windstar abandoned on the vessel after the boat had been cleared. They searched the vessel and found a purse and keys belonging to Stafford-Yilmaz on an outside upper deck.

During the course of the investigation, detectives interviewed witnesses who were able to piece together her trip aboard the ferry before her disappearance.

Witnesses placed her at the terminal before boarding the vessel, as well as identifying her as a passenger on board the vessel, according to the statement. Investigators have not found evidence that Stafford-Yilmaz got off the ferry at Bainbridge Island or back in Seattle.

Stafford-Yilmaz has been listed as a missing person, and her case will be reopened if additional information becomes available.