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Woman missing from BI ferry found in north King County

The Spokane woman reported missing Tuesday after leaving her car aboard a ferry on the Bainbridge Island-Seattle route was found around 12:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

An officer with the Lake Forest Park Police Department found Amy Story, 27, at Lake Forest Park Market, according to a Washington State Patrol press release. Police had been dispatched to the area to check on a woman who was seen walking in the street and hitchhiking.

When the officer arrived, Story identified herself and said her car had been stolen from a ferry.

UPDATED: Search is on for woman missing from Bainbridge ferry

The Washington State Patrol is asking for help in finding a missing Spokane woman who left her car aboard a ferry on the Bainbridge Island-Seattle run.

Amy Story, 27, of Spokane drove aboard the M/V Tacoma at 2:55 p.m. on Bainbridge Island, troopers said. Their investigation found she walked off the boat in Seattle, but left her Mitsubishi Galant onboard.

Story was visiting family in Sequim and may be trying to get back to Spokane, troopers said.

Story reportedly suffers from bipolar disorder and might not be taking her medications. Her family told police she has experienced similar episodes in the past.

She is described as a white female, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 230 pounds, with medium-length straight brown hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a green striped sweater and blue jeans.

The U.S. Coast Guard called off its search at about 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts can call Detective Russ Haake at (425) 401-7788.

Woman missing from ferry may have killed herself

The Bellevue woman who went missing aboard a Bainbridge-bound ferry earlier this month may have killed herself, her husband said in an email to her work colleagues.

The Seattle Times reported today that Lynn Stafford-Yilmaz’s co-workers at Bellevue Community College, where Stafford-Yilmaz taught English, received an e-mail from her husband noting that she had “decided to end her life” before embarking on her late-night trip to Bainbridge.

A friend of Stafford-Yilmaz forwarded to the Times an e-mail from Mustafa Yilmaz that, in part, read: “Considering the situation, the note she left behind and the evidence, her family believes that Lynn decided to end her life that night. This was very unexpected for all of us.”

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Missing woman may not have been on ferry

The Washington State Patrol is not ruling out foul play after determining that a Bellevue woman, initially believed to have gone missing from a Bainbridge-bound ferry, may not have actually ridden the ferry.

After reviewing surveillance footage, state troopers said they’re not certain Lynn Stafford-Yilmaz, 45, was the person who drove her Ford Windstar van onto the Puyallup ferry on Tuesday night, according to KOMO News story posted this morning.

Discovery of Stafford-Yilmaz’s van on the auto deck and some of her belongings on the passenger deck sparked a large-scale search shortly after the 10:55 p.m. ferry arrived in Eagle Harbor. The search involved state troopers, Bainbridge Island police, Seattle authorities and U.S. Coast Guard air and marine units.

The search was called off Wednesday afternoon.

“We have saturated the search area and have not located anyone,” said Coast Guard Cmdr. Michael Long in a Kitsap Sun story yesterday.

Stafford-Yilmaz is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who saw her or has information about her location is asked to call Washington State Patrol Detective Dave Killeen at (360) 405-6650.