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Man missing after attack, police say

CENTRALIA - Police seek the public's help in finding a man last seen a week ago after an altercation, a police news release said Wednesday.

William "Willie" Ford has been missing since Jan. 24, when police say a physical altercation occurred in an acquaintance's home on the 2800 block of Russell Road in Centralia.

A witness told police that Ford and Melissa McKee, 28, climbed through a bedroom window that night at the home of Gordon Hammock, 29, after initially being asked to leave by Hammock's mother, Dolores.

The witness told police that Hammock and Ford were arguing about McKee.

Lewis County Superior Court probable-cause papers say Ford had sex with McKee while Hammock previously was in jail. Hammock wanted an apology and wasn't given one, the papers say.

Hammock allegedly hit Ford with a metal tube and hammer several times about the head and face, a witness said.

Ford has been missing since.

Hammock, of Centralia, was booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree assault and possession of methamphetamine. McKee, of Winlock, also was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault.

Both made a preliminary appearance Tuesday in Superior Court and are being held with bail set at $500,000.

The Washington State Patrol crime-scene response team said it found blood on the floor, mattress and wall at the scene of the alleged attack, court papers say.

Hammock has several convictions. McKee has a conviction for residential burglary.

Anyone with information about Ford's whereabouts is asked to call Centralia detectives at 360-330-7614 or Lewis County Crime Stoppers at 800-748-6422.

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