Missing Klahanie girl found dead after search

March 7, 2011

By Laura Geggel

NEW — 9 p.m. March 7, 2011

A King County Sheriff’s Office detective found the body of a missing 12-year-old Klahanie girl Sunday. Investigators said the death was noncriminal in nature.

The girl, a seventh-grade student at Pacific Cascade Middle School, went missing March 2. A concerned friend of the girl called the sheriff’s office shortly before 6 p.m. that day, reporting that the girl had sent suicidal text messages and mentioned suicide on Facebook, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

The sheriff’s office had received reports about the girl within the past two months. The family had called the sheriff’s office Jan. 17, saying the teen was missing and that she was a chronic runaway. She returned home the next day, Jan. 18.

After receiving the concerned call March 2, the sheriff’s office checked the area, including Pine Lake Park, but could not find the girl. When the sheriff’s office contacted the girl’s parents, “they did not believe the girl was actually suicidal, although she was not at home,” the release said.

Her parents reported her missing the next day, March 3, when she did not return home.

Officers tried locating the girl through the cellular phone she had been using, but they only received a general location. They also knocked on doors, asking neighbors if they had seen the girl.

The family and friends launched their own search campaign, putting up missing posters in local businesses, e-mailing others asking for help and prayers, and organizing search parties.

On March 6, an off-duty detective walking along a trail in the Klahanie area came across a group of distraught people. The group had found a body that matched the description of the girl. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office determined she had hanged herself.

Middle schools across the Issaquah School District announced her death to their students March 7. The girl attended Pine Lake Middle School as a sixth-grader and Pacific Cascade Middle School as a seventh-grade student.

The principals at each school e-mailed parents, telling them each school would offer extra counseling.

In her e-mail, Pacific Cascade Principal Dana Bailey asked the community to respect the “privacy of the family, and we understand at this point that the memorial services will be private.”

Both Bailey and Pine Lake Principal Roy Adler asked parents and guardians to be aware of how their children were handling the news of the passing of their classmate.

“If you notice any signs of grief — such as sadness, anger, irritability, anxiety, loneliness, detachment, listlessness, stomachaches or appetite changes — please do not hesitate to contact our counseling office for assistance,” both of their e-mails read.

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13 Responses to “Missing Klahanie girl found dead after search”

  1. Keri on March 7th, 2011 3:14 pm


  2. nancy on March 7th, 2011 4:26 pm


  3. Beth on March 7th, 2011 5:38 pm

    My heart goes out to the aching parents — what a tragic loss for you. R.I.P., poor little girl.

  4. Trenton Sanders on March 7th, 2011 7:21 pm

    i am deepley sorry for the girl and her parrents
    i attend PCMS as a 6th grader and my humanites teacher had Klahanie at PLMS last year i am really deeply sorry

  5. Vicki Boehlke on March 7th, 2011 8:08 pm

    I am so very sad to hear of this news and feel compasion for her parents. Not sure how you can even deal with such a loss. I also feel that she was let down – some one needed to help her, she was too young. Little girls this age are not supposed to feel this kind of desperation. May God give strength to her family especially her parents.

  6. Anonymous on March 7th, 2011 10:00 pm

    Rest in Peace ****** we will all miss you and school will never be the same.

  7. Anonymous on March 8th, 2011 8:45 am

    A LESSON TO ALL ********* For all kids, teenagers, and adults alike. Be a good listener. Listen closely to what your friends and children have to say. She may not have came right out and asked for help but I’m sure there were signs of desperation and helplessness that could have been noticed by someone who was really paying attention to how this young girl was feeling. To all young kids and teenagers, pay attention to what other kids around you are saying and feeling. Be willing to stand tall and be a friend to someone who needs one, dont be afraid of what other people may say or think of you. You may save someone’s life without even realizing it. To all parents, spend some time and listen to your kids. That FINAL DAY you get to talk and be with your kids WILL COME for everyone. You never now, it could come today dont wait until its to late.

  8. Dawn on March 8th, 2011 11:05 am

    Rest in Peace.
    May God hold you.

    I think there should be a public memorial for her friends, schoolmates, and non-relative neighbors. A candlelight memorial would be nice. Please post any information about such a memorial here if you can.
    Thank you.

  9. her friend on March 8th, 2011 8:02 pm

    she was my friend. we love you rip

  10. Anonymous on March 8th, 2011 9:06 pm

    May she be in peace and even though she was not happy here on earth may she spend the rest of her beautiful life up in heaven happy and away from the struggles…God Bless that 12 year old girl ♥ See you soon

  11. Vicki on March 9th, 2011 12:26 pm

    I agree that a public Memorial or candle light Memorial for this little girl would be so important for the young people & others that are grieving her death ~

  12. jamie on March 25th, 2011 5:02 pm

    rest in peace!!!

  13. Lasya Reddy on April 11th, 2011 2:51 pm

    i hate all the people who thought they knew her but the dont….. not one bit…. she was one of my best firends last year… and we alll had the same huanities teacher last year………R.I.P. Forever

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