October 24, 1996 in Idaho

Park Employee May Have Been Abducted

From Staff And Wire Reports

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any one involved in the disappearance of a Mount Rainier park employee.

Sheila Ann Kearns, 43, a concessions worker at the park, has been missing for nearly three weeks. Investigators fear she might have been abducted.

“There are some suspicious circumstances surrounding her disappearance,” FBI spokesman Ray Lauer said Tuesday.

He noted that investigators had found the 43-year-old woman’s car and other possessions undisturbed at her Longmire home.

Co-workers last saw Kearns at the National Park Inn at Longmire about 6 p.m. Oct. 4. Three days of searching by park rangers and others failed to uncover clues to her whereabouts.

While it’s possible Kearns was abducted, Lauer said all other possibilities remain open.

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