the sister of a Washington woman who is missing along with her partner He said he does not believe the couple left their home voluntarily.
Pauline Dutton said her sister, Karen Koep, and Koep’s partner, Davido, would not leave without telling someone.
“I know they didn’t leave their house alone, let’s put it that way,” Dutton said. “They didn’t just leave there. They are not in Bora Bora on vacation. “They are missing and I don’t think they went voluntarily.”
Koep and Davido, whose legal name is simply Davido, according to Dutton, have been missing from their home in Lacey, Washington, since Monday.
Dutton said police conducted a welfare check at the home Monday after Koep, a chiropractor, didn’t show up for work and had patients waiting. Dutton said Koep’s office called her to the police after failed attempts to contact both Koep and Davido.
“That’s what got the ball rolling,” Dutton said.
Police continue to search for the couple, who they said disappeared under “suspicious“circumstances, but did not provide additional details.
When Dutton was asked about the circumstances surrounding the disappearance, she said she could not comment for fear of compromising the investigation. She said she was not aware of any problems the couple had before their disappearance.
Dutton said he last spoke to his sister on Nov. 10 via text message and doesn’t believe anyone has heard from Koep or Davido since last Friday.
“We have 100% faith that these people are working very hard because it is personal for that community,” Dutton said of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, which is leading the investigation.
He said police are organizing a search party for Sunday so that community members can help search for Koep and Davido.
Dutton said Koep was “very involved in the community” and “worked with the same patients for over 30 years.”
“People want to do something, they want to help,” he said. Koep’s patients “know her and love her, people want her at home.”