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Abandoned vehicle leads to search for Seattle woman

The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office is looking for information about a missing Seattle woman after her car was found abandoned on a logging road near the Quinault Ridge Road last weekend.

The U.S. Forest Service notified the Sheriff’s Office of the abandoned 2000 Honda Civic, which had been located by hunters scouting the area near Neilton. The car was in a remote area but a deputy was eventually able to make it to the vehicle. The car was overgrown with vegetation, so it is believed the car had been there for some time. The keys were still inside, as were camping and hiking gear. There were no clues as to what may have happened to the vehicle’s occupants, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The vehicle is registered to 33-year-old Donna Van Zandt of Seattle. Investigators located family and friends of Van Zandt and were able to determine that none of them had seen her since April. Family members said Van Zandt’s father had apparently been killed in New York in January, and April would have marked two years since the death of her mother, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Last weekend, a search and rescue effort was mounted near the abandoned vehicle, but Van Zandt was not located. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Van Zandt is asked to call Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Detective Keith Peterson at 360-249-3711.

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