Thurston Sheriff’s Office needs help finding man who went missing along Nisqually River

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is asking people who live on Piessner Road along the Nisqually River to search their property as search-and-rescue teams look for a 69-year-old man who walked away from a campsite Friday.

William “Willy” Mull had been floating on the river with his twin brother and camping along the way when he went into the woods to relieve himself the night of Aug. 15 into Aug. 16, Lt. Ray Brady told The Olympian. The campsite was between the Nisqually State Park and Piessner Road Southeast, according to a bulletin on the office’s Facebook page.

Mull’s twin brother stayed at the campsite and kept their campfire going, Brady said, and tried looking for him. When Mull didn’t come back, his brother continued downriver to look for him. Mull was reported missing Tuesday night.

Brady said the Sheriff’s Office wants people living in the area to be aware of search-and-rescue personnel, and to know that residents might be asked to assist by letting personnel through gates to check areas. The office also is considering searching the area by air, according to Brady.

Mull is 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds, has blue eyes and gray hair, and there’s concern that he has some dementia, according to the sheriff’s office.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective H. Reynolds via phone at 360-786-5517 (office) or 360-480-2836 (cell) or email at reynolh@co.thurston.wa.us.

Sara Gentzler joined The Olympian in June 2019. She primarily covers Thurston County government and its courts, as well as breaking news. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Creighton University.