Update Sunday, 8/11, 11:52 a.m.: On Facebook, Scott Williams reports that his son, Nicholas, has been found safe.
LYNNWOOD — Scott Williams doesn’t know why his son didn’t return to his Martha Lake home Tuesday.
Nicholas Williams, 20, went to Chelan over the weekend to surprise a friend at a graduation party. He sent photos to his mother of the lake as recently as Monday. Before his disappearance, he didn’t seem to exhibit any abnormal behavior, his father said.
Tuesday, on the way home, Nicholas Williams stopped in Leavenworth with friends to eat at a restaurant. He mentioned that he might take a detour on the way back. As they drove off, he turned down Icicle Creek Road. His friends weren’t sure if he was stopping at the gas station on the corner, or driving farther, Scott Williams said. That was around 11:30 a.m.
Icicle Creek Road, which eventually dead-ends, is a gateway for popular hikes in the Cascades. But Nicholas Williams didn’t bring any camping equipment with him and hasn’t expressed much interest in the outdoors, his father said.
Nicholas Williams’ car, a silver 2007 Mitsibushi Eclipse, hasn’t been found.
Nor has anyone heard from Nicholas Williams himself.
He hasn’t updated his social media accounts, and he hasn’t answered calls or texts from his parents.
Scott Williams said he’s been trying to figure out what happened. More than 50 people have helped scour the state, from Snohomish County to Leavenworth and Chelan and down to Yakima.
Before leaving his parents’ house, Nicholas Williams mentioned several times that he might stop in Yakima to get food at Miner’s Burger, where his family used to go when he was younger. But the restaurant couldn’t find any sign of him in security footage, Scott Williams said.
Scott Williams said he’s not sure where his son could be. And he’s not sure why his son, a graduate of Lynnwood High School and a sophomore majoring in finance at University of Washington Bothell, would suddenly disappear.
“It’s a needle in a haystack kind of feeling,” he said.
Nicholas Williams, who goes by Nic, has been reported as missing to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. He’s 6-feet-1 with brown hair and brown eyes.
His car’s license plate number is BFM5818. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911.