By Bruce A. Smith
The search for Nicole White, a 28 year-old Orting woman missing since Saturday June 6, turned sinister Tuesday as the family released more information about the circumstances of her disappearance.
Melissa Nieto, who identified herself to the Mountain News as a younger sister of Nicole, said that the missing woman was last seen Saturday night leaving Jeepers tavern in Spanaway while in the company of a young man.
Nieto said this man had been acting aggressively in Jeepers before they left, and he had “broken two beer bottles.”
Nieto also said that this individual had been released from prison recently where he had been incarcerated for assault. She also said that he had bruises on his arm and was bi-polar.
“He said they went to an AM-PM, and that she just left after he went inside the store – at least that’s his story,” Nieto said. She also claimed that the man was not in police custody and was still at large.
Detective Ed Troyer, a spokesperson for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, told the Mountain News that his agency had now taken the lead in the investigation, which had begun Saturday under the auspices of the Orting Police Department.
Troyer described the PCSD as “working this (case) as a missing person under suspicious circumstances.”
Nicole White was the mother of two young children – a 7 year-old son and a 3 year-old daughter. According to family sources White was married but soon-to-be-divorced.
Her Facebook page also revealed that she had just started working at the Bonney Lake Walmart. She was also fond of playing pool and fishing.
“She was out-going and outdoorsy,” Nieto said. “She was fun to be with.”
The PCSD and Search and Rescue teams tracked through the Webster Hill area of Graham on Monday, June 8, when White’s red Dodge Neon was discovered parked oddly in the woods about twenty feet in from the roadway. Divers reportedly searched a nearby pond and creek but found nothing.
“We’re hoping for the best but expecting the worst,” Detective Troyer reported to the Tacoma News Tribune on Tuesday.
Throughout the day on Tuesday, dozens of friends and family descended upon Webster Rd to pass out flyers to passing motorists, and ask for help in locating Nicole. Graham residents also reported seeing individuals searching the local fields and powerline right-of-ways.
“We’ve got twenty people out looking for her,” Nieto said.
Police cruiser and a diver’s dry suit at the scene where Nicole White’s car was discovered on Monday in Graham.
Nicole White’s red Dodge Neon in the woods behind the yellow crime scene tape.
Picture of Nicole White, courtesy of the PCSD.