Report of disappearing box prompts ferry closure


TACOMA, Wash. - A ferry sailing was canceled and police and bomb-sniffing dogs were called to Seattle's Colman Dock after a man said a passenger was acting strangely on a ferry from Bainbridge Island to Seattle. 


Investigators said around 7 p.m., a man onboard the ferry noticed a suspicious man who was carrying a large sack that contained a large box.


The witness said that during the sailing he kept an eye on the man, but when the ferry approached Colman Dock, he noticed the man's box had disappeared.  When the witness confronted the man about where the box was,  the man ran away, according to the witness.


The witness immediately reported the incident to ferry workers who then called the Washington State Patrol.  Investigators and bomb-sniffing dogs combed the ferry, Trooper Chris Pratt said, but no box awas found.


During the search, one ferry crossing was canceled and service was suspended for about an hour and 20 minutes.   


Though cameras are on board the ferry, there is no video of a box or suspicious activity, police said.


Police are not looking for the passenger because they found no evidence of a crime or any suspicious activity.

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