Teen missing from Skagit County found in Federal Way

SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. — UPDATE: A 14-year-old Florida girl who disappeared while on vacation with family members in Skagit County was found safe Thursday in Federal Way, police said.

“She appears to be healthy and unharmed, but will be assessed further,” FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich said.

There have been no arrests. The family of Katelynn “Katie” Barlow would not comment on whether it was a runaway case.

“The joint investigation by the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI developed information that led to Katie at a mall in Federal Way. Before her recovery around 1 pm, she was last seen on Sunday, July 17, around 10:30 pm in the Big Lake, Washington, area, where she had been vacationing with extended family. Katie’s home residence is in Brevard County, Florida.”



The FBI joins the search for a missing 14-year-old teen, who family members believe was abducted while on vacation in Skagit County.

The county sheriff’s office says Katelynn "Katie" Barlow walked out of her family’s cabin at Big Lake at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday and has not been seen since.

Key Developments:

  • Katelynn and her family are from out of state.
  • She has red hair and blue eyes; she's 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs about 120 pounds.
  • She was last seen late Sunday night at the cabin in which the family was staying.
  •  Officials say she may have traveled from Big Lake to the Snohomish County area.

Katelynn’s phone was found at the Smokey Point rest stop in Snohomish County, which is about 45 minutes away from the family cabin at Big Lake. She was barefoot and wearing only pajamas and a tank top when she walked outside.

Her phone has been turned over to the Skagit County Sheriff's Office to be mined for clues.

Family says Katelynn is polite, a good student and very happy living with her aunt and uncle, Jeff and Carissa O'Connor.

They live near Orlando, Florida, but vacation at Big Lake.

KIRO 7 talked to her mother from Florida Tuesday night who says Katelynn had shown no signs that anything was wrong.

"There's no inclination that she would have done this on her own. At this point, we have no doubt that someone has taken her," said Jessica Barlow.

Family says no clues indicate she had been communicating with anyone online.

O'Connor says he's convinced his niece was abducted.
"How could she be a runaway if she was just wearing pajama shorts and a tank top in 50-degree weather? Coming from Florida, that's cold for us," he told KIRO 7 News.

An Amber Alert was not issued in this case because authorities don't have information on a suspect or a suspect vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (360) 428-3211.