Body found in car believed to be missing woman

EVERETT — Police believe they have found the body of missing Everett woman Ethel O’Neil, 89.

O’Neil, who had early signs of dementia, had been missing for nearly a month.

Investigators believe she got lost while taking a trip to the Everett Mall, just a few miles from her home.

The body was recovered Tuesday from a 1987 Chevy Nova, in bushes off of 12th Street NE near Lake Stevens, Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell said.

The body was taken to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office, which will confirm identity and determine cause of death. Investigators do not suspect foul play.

O’Neil’s family describes her as a kind, gentle and caring woman who sang for others at senior homes. Earlier this week, they posted a $5,000 reward for tips in the case.

During a training session Tuesday, a county sheriff’s search and rescue helicopter was used to look for O’Neil, according to police. The crews spotted her vehicle about 3:15 p.m.

Everett police and the sheriff’s office are investigating.

There are about 97,000 people in the state of Washington living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. About 60 percent of people with Alzheimer’s wander away at least once.

More in Local News

Load up: Cheesecake Factory plans Lynnwood location

The chain restaurant is listed as a tenant in new development at Alderwood mall.

Sound Transit funding splits lawmakers trying to cut car tab fees

With the legislative session set to end March 8, pressure is building for action.

What to do when you get pulled over

Don’t forget to be considerate so officers will know you are not a threat to their safety.

Suspected drunk driver crash in Bothell sends two to hospital

The man suspected of causing the Saturday afternoon collision was not injured.

Downtown Granite Falls will be transformed

Acivic center, with a City Hall, a public plaza, a community room and a parking lot are in the works.

House Democrats: Use capital gains tax to keep property tax rate lower

But they are setting up a potential showdown with the Supreme Court over school funding.

Man seriously injured after confrontation in Marysville

Witnesses told police that they heard a gunshot and saw two men pile into a white suv.

Everett Community College Student Life’s diversity and engagement coordinator Katina Brown explains some of the props she made, including this one with the Florida school shooting victims’ photographs and names, for display Wednesday and Thursday in Parks Cafe. Brown and Student Life social justice and current events coordinator Cameron Calder hope to collect donations to help those affected by Florida’s tragic shooting as well as pay respect to the victims. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Support across the miles

EvCC students collecting donations to help Florida shooting victims and their families.

Northshore School District bond for new elementary now passing

As of Tuesday, the $275 million proposal was comfortably above the 60 percent supermajority.

Most Read