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Task force formed in search for missing Sequim woman

May 12th, 2014 - 5:45pm

(Port Townsend) Port Townsend Police are teaming up with other law enforcement agencies to form a task force looking for a missing Sequim woman.

Authorities say they are back to square one in the search for 23-year-old Lauryn Garrett.

Port Townsend Police say a local woman was misidentified as having tried to cash a check belonging to Garrett last Monday at the Port Townsend Safeway.

Officer Patrick Fudally says they have spoken with the woman they were attempting to identify and have determined she is not related in the case in any way.

Fudally says the check the woman was attempting to cash at the Safeway store was her own.

There was an apparent misunderstanding through various channels before the information got to police that the check belonged to Garrett.

Officer Fudally say a Monday meeting resulted in a task force being formed, including Port Townsend Police and the Clallam and Jefferson County Sheriff's office. An agent from the F-B-I was also in attendance.

Fudally says there are no leads or no credible information to point them in any one direction.

He says the task force was formed so they can start brainstorming ideas on how to proceed with the investigation and develop avenues to more resources to help.

Fudally adds no concrete plan has been put into place yet.

Garrett's backpack was found near a park-and-ride bus stop where she was last seen May 1st in Port Townsend.

She was on her way home to Sequim from Sedro Woolley.

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