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Redmond police, state patrol serve search warrant in Sinclaire case

A Redmond Police Department detective and a member of the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab on the scene this morning during a search-warrant service regarding a missing-person
A Redmond Police Department detective and a member of the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab on the scene this morning during a search-warrant service regarding a missing-person's case from two-and-a-half years ago.
— image credit: Andy Nystrom / Reporter

Redmond Police Department (RPD) detectives and members of the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab were part of a search-warrant service on Wednesday morning in Bellevue to hunt for evidence in a missing-person's case from two-and-a-half years ago.

Redmond resident Lorill Sinclaire was last seen on Nov. 8, 2011 in the area of Factoria Mall.

"We have a search warrant for one of our suspects, a former resident here at the apartments," said Mike Dowd, crime prevention officer and spokesperson for RPD. "We've made some arrangements with current residents, so they're aware of what's going on."

Dowd said this process is a follow up to the "no-body homicide" investigation that detectives have been consistently working on since 2011. The investigation has gone in various directions and detectives have followed different leads. It's a difficult case to crack, Dowd added.

At about 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the investigation commenced in the 12300 block of Southeast 41st Lane.

"We're working together to gather what evidence we think that we can find, and that process can take two months or six months or longer. It just depends on what you find," RPD Commander Shari Shovlin said of teaming up with state patrol.

Sinclaire, who is divorced and previously went by the name Lorill Bryden, is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, 145 pounds, with blonde/auburn hair and green eyes.

Her car, a burgundy 1991 Ford Escort, was found on Nov. 8, 2011 in the 4200 block of 124th Avenue Southeast, not far from the mall. Sinclaire was not in the car.

On Dec. 10, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to about 4 p.m., 70 Search and Rescue volunteers with King, Snohomish and Pierce counties searched a two- to three-square-mile wooded area around Coal Creek Parkway and Factoria Boulevard in Bellevue for clues on the whereabouts of Sinclaire.

The extensive search ended without any evidence found.

At the time, Redmond Police Lt. Charlie Gorman said there was no indication of foul play.

The Reporter will follow up on this story when more information becomes available.

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