Search for Stanwood woman to resume south of Everett Mall

Herald staff

EVERETT — About 50 friends, relatives and co-workers plan to search the woods south of the Everett Mall and south along the Interurban Trail to 128th Street today for a missing Stanwood woman.

Sharon Christine Anderson left her home about 9:30 a.m. Saturday to go shopping, expecting to return about 4 p.m. She never did. Family members searched the mall area Saturday. Her best friend, Mary Rehberg, found Anderson’s pickup parked near the Mervyns store.

On Sunday, police and Anderson’s relatives searched the immediate area around the mall, Everett police Sgt. Boyd Bryant said. There has been no indication of foul play, he said.

The searchers planned to gather today at 9 a.m. near Mervyns.

"If she had gone anywhere else, she’d have called me," Rehberg said. "We’re like twins with different mothers. If she hit her knee, mine would hurt; we’re that close. I found her truck, why can’t I find her? She wouldn’t have gone willingly anywhere."

The truck was locked and still contained Anderson’s compact discs and cell phone, she said. There were no packages inside and her debit card hadn’t been used, she said.

Anderson takes medicine for panic attacks, Rehberg said. She called area hospitals, but didn’t find her.

Anderson has worked for the state Department of Social and Health Services as a caseworker for nearly 14 years. In the past, she has received threats related to her job, but none in the past several months.

Anderson and her husband, John, have two daughters and two grandsons.

Anderson loves riding her Harley Davidson, gardening, shopping and taking pictures of her family, Rehberg said.

"Everybody has just been incredibly generous and kind," she said. "I just feel very confident we’ll get her back."

Police ask anyone with information about Anderson’s whereabouts to call the Everett police tip line at 425-257-8450. Snohomish County residents can report her location by calling 911, and anyone outside of the county can call the police general business number at 425-257-8400.

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