Search for missing woman in Discovery Park

Posted on April 12th, 2011 by Sara


UPDATE:  The Parks and Recreation department asked us to clarify that they  issued the permit for two days not because of sensitive habitat and nesting ground birds, but because the searchers thought they would be finished in one day. They added an extra day to the permit just in case they don?t finish today. They have staff accompanying each K-9 team to help the searchers avoid sensitive areas

A family?s search for a missing young woman will bring them to Discovery Park on Wednesday (April 13).  The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department tells us that the woman?s family has reason to believe that she is in Discovery Park, and they received permission to conduct the search.

Parks and Recreation stresses that this is a recovery effort.  The family has hired a company called K-9 Kampus  and representatives from that company are coming from Texas to conduct the search. The group consists of three K-9 teams, each comprised of one dog and five people.  Family members and friends are also expected to join the search.

The search will get started at 7:30a.m. and is expected to last the entire day.  The Parks Department will not allow the search to take place beyond Thursday (4/14).  Because there is potential for damage to habitat and nesting ground birds, Parks staff will monitor the search. If the searchers need to go off-trail, the staff person will join them.

We are told that the young woman disappeared from the University District about a month ago and her family has already searched Cowen and Ravenna Parks and the Green Lake area.


35 responses to “Search for missing woman in Discovery Park”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Is this legit, and not a commercial for The Killing on AMC?

    I hope it’s not legit… if it is, praying for this family.

    • Anonymous says:

      My goodness… I feel awful. Had no idea this was a legitimate missing persons case. I quite hope that they find Marizela alive and well. And I have to echo Mr Cummins above – absurd that the city’s self-importance is above the well-being of one of its residents.

  2. Aprillovesdogs says:

    I would suggest the area in the military cemetery. The perimeter is fenced in and there is nothing but vegetation beyond the rock wall, between the fencing and the rock wall. No one ever ventures in there and I’ve often wondered what was out there. Kind of creepy.

  3. The search is for Marizela Perez, Michelle Malkin’s cousin.

  4. The search is for Marizela Perez, Michelle Malkin’s cousin.

  5. Priscilla says:

    Too bad we don’t have a photo in case someone has by chance seen her….

  6. It is outrageous that the City of Seattle Parks apparatchiks would put their bureaucratic self-importance between efforts of searchers and the need for a family to find answers. Shame on my city.

  7. margaret says:

    check the find Marizela website for her photos:
    findmarizela dot com

  8. kevin says:

    its limited because of wetlands!!!b.s…search till u find something…the birds will be fine!!

  9. For the Birds says:

    The arrogance of Seattle Parks never ceases to amaze me.

  10. ScatCat says:

    Wait what…why didn’t they search here in the first place before going to Cowen and Ravenna. But they believe shes here? Why go to the other parks?

    Why not spread the word and ask the public to march on in for help, without permission from the Parks?

    I’d go and help…unless this is a situation where her disappearance could be totally something she wanted to do versus something malicious. Lots of folks disappear because they want to…

    • Steeldetailer says:

      …maybe because the investigation is evolving – like all investigations do?

      As investigators follow leads and learn more information, possibilities change. It sounds like they are doing a good job of keeping all options open, prioritizing them and following up on them.

      • ScatCat says:

        and doing a knock of job of SHES THE COUSIN OF MICHELLE MALKIN.

        Seriously, don’t advertise that connection, it really makes this turn into “missing white girl syndrome”.

  11. Malkin Basher says:

    Given Malkin’s hatred of our president, I am kind of surprised that she hasn’t accused Obama of offing her. That would fit in well with her fellow nutjobs on the Faux News Network…
    Personally I think the girl vanished because of the shame of being related to Malkin. She’s probably living in an upscale area, far away from the trailer park degenerates that make up most of the Faux viewing audience

    • Malkin Basher-Basher says:

      You are so smart! I just can’t get over how much more progressive you are than the trailer park degenerates that you so highly speak of. Ignorant stereotyping, just another service offered by the pseudo intellectual mavens of progressiveness. Your hypocrisy is showing!

      Perhaps it’s time for you to get over your self-deprecating narcissism and hatred and do something positive with your life. Maybe helping out to find a missing fellow human being might be a good first step.

    • John says:

      This has nothing to do with anyone’s politics.

      You’re a despicable excuse.

    • Aprillovesdogs says:

      Wow, sounds like the wrong person is missing.

    • Susanbeacham says:

      What is really wrong with you?
      You need professional help; soon

  12. Heather says:

    malkin Basher,

    You are a despicable human being and I’m sure you are a shame to your family. I pray that nothing ever happens to one of your loved ones and you aren’t put thru the living hell that this girls family had had to endure. This has nothing to do with politics and your hatred of cable networks and everything to do with someone’s missing child. Anonymous wankers like you deserve your small, hate-filled, lonely existence.

  13. Heather says:

    malkin Basher,

    You are a despicable human being and I’m sure you are a shame to your family. I pray that nothing ever happens to one of your loved ones and you aren’t put thru the living hell that this girls family had had to endure. This has nothing to do with politics and your hatred of cable networks and everything to do with someone’s missing child. Anonymous wankers like you deserve your small, hate-filled, lonely existence.

  14. Annapuma says:

    Thank you Seattle Parks, the next Green River killer now knows where to dump the bodies. In your ‘sensitive’ areas.

    I feel sadness and sympathy for the family. To not know what has happened. Hoping she is still alive but fearing the next call will be to inform them otherwise. Pray and hope she is still alive.

  15. AngelaTC says:

    WTF is wrong with people? They won’t allow these people to search for a missing person because it *might* “harm sensitive habitat?”

    Anything so sensitive that it can’t tolerate a human merely walking by it – doesn’t exist.

  16. UW Husky says:

    I was just at Discovery Park yesterday bird watching and joked about a mound of dirt on the side of a trail covering up a body to my boyfriend yesterday. I feel terrible about that and just hope it was just gardening dirt/plastic sheets after seeing this on the news. I’m a UW student who has seen her fliers around campus (Odegaard, McMahon) and hope that she is found safely.

    The area I was birdwatching is behind the Daybreak Star Cultural Center (it was closed in the afternoon, with a few cars in the parking lot) around the ponds and tiny creek.

  17. Monterey says:

    I can hardly believe they’re caring about “sensitive” areas when this kind of issue is involved. Can we for once please put people above an “area”? Just once?

    • Guest says:

      The update says it wasn’t due to sensitive areas. The first paragraph says UPDATE: The Parks and Recreation department asked us to clarify that they issued the permit for two days not because of sensitive habitat and nesting ground birds, but because the searchers thought they would be finished in one day. They added an extra day to the permit just in case they don?t finish today. They have staff accompanying each K-9 team to help the searchers avoid sensitive areas

      • Steeldetailer says:

        …but the update DOES say that they are having staff accompany the searchers to help them avoid “sensative areas”.

        I believe searching for a human being is more important than MAYBE distrubing a bird nest. The searchers should use care to cause as little impact as reasonably possible, but should not be prohibited from a thorough search.

  18. Charles says:

    Does anyone want to apologize for the ridiculous comments you all made against Seattle Parks now that the update has been posted?
    I know it’s fun to be reactionary and act offended and as if government does nothing but get in the way, but when you are time and again proven wrong about that stance, you might want to re-consider it.

    I hope this poor woman is found–if she wants to be–and if she doesn’t that she at least lets her family know that so they can have peace.

    • AngelaTC says:

      Nobody was proven wrong. The update says that parks department will not allow them a third day, and also they won’t allow them into certain areas, which means there can’t be a thorough search. Apparently power not only corrupts, it robs people of their very humanity.

      • Charles says:

        “The Parks and Recreation department asked us to clarify that they issued the permit for two days not because of sensitive habitat and nesting ground birds, but because the searchers thought they would be finished in one day. They added an extra day to the permit just in case they don?t finish today. ”

        Parks gave them an extra day.

  19. ScatCat says:

    Good job Magnolia Voice with the knock up reporting job that clearly confused most of your readers which required an update.

  20. Annie says:

    Shame on the Magnolia Voice for reporting this info to the public before the search was complete. Did you even consider the possibility that releasing this info could hinder this investigation, causing more pain and suffering for the family?

    • Anonymous says:

      Annie,
      We understand your concern. However, the information about the search was provided to us from the Seattle Parks Department. They wanted users of the park to understand why there were three teams of search dogs in the area on Wednesday. It is also important to understand that this is not a criminal investigation, this search was conducted by a private firm that was brought in by the family.

  21. Mmmmmmmmmm says:

    To clarify- no area was avoided because it was “sensitve” it just meant they controlled the canines more closely such as in Wolf Tree Trail wetlands.
    This was a canine dependent search, you locate yourself based on wind direction. They don’t have to be on top of an area to pick up a scent. If the canines had picked up a scent in a “sensitive” area they certainly would have gone in no matter what was disturbed. SPR can never make everybody happy, someone is always outraged by something. They hear about every little habitat disturbance or damage. Parks employees worked very closely all day long to help with the search. They went every where they could go in one day. The family stayed on the trails for safetys sake. They don’t put birds before missing children, for crying out loud.

    ..

  22. Jackhowl says:

    Let me get this straight. A private search outfit from Texas comes up here with dogs to search the park, and we are critical of the parks department for showing concern about making sure they are not disturbing the habitat? I am thankful for the parks department for showing concern while allowing the investigation to take place.

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