• Pierce County Sheriff's Department asks for public's help in finding missing woman

    By: Deedee Sun


    The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in finding 41-year-old Ginger Lynn Gover.


    Deputies said Gover was last seen leaving a friend’s house in Tacoma on July 29 as she left to visit other friends in Eatonville.


    “I haven’t gotten much sleep in the last 12 days, and nobody seems to know nothing,” said Wayne Phillips, her dad who lives in Olympia.


    The sheriff’s office said Gover lives with her dad and takes care of him. 


    On July 29th, a Sunday, she left Olympia and drove to a friend’s house in Tacoma, then started the drive south to Eatonville.


    At 10:20 a.m. Gover called her friend in Eatonville and said she had stopped to fix a flat tire. Deputies said another friend met Gover at a gas station at 112th and Canyon Road in Puyallup and helped her change the tire. The friend said Gover drove away heading toward Eatonville, but she never arrived and has not been seen or heard from since.


    Deputies say Gover’s green 2000 Honda Civic was found abandoned, and completely stripped, in a warehouse complex on in the 900 block of Valley Avenue NW in Puyallup on Aug. 6. Deputies believe the vehicle was dumped off in the warehouse complex on Aug. 4.


    “The vehicle was called in because it was dumped, abandoned on the side of the road and stripped partially. Local businesses called it in,” said Detective-Sargent Gary Sanders with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office. “Tires were gone, things, parts within the vehicle, some of the interior (stripped),” Sanders said.


    Sanders said Gover has no history of ever disappearing before.


    Her dad said she does have a drug history but was starting to turn her life around. He describes her as having a big heart, and said once took in a homeless vet to care for him at their home.


    “I’m really worried,” Phillips said.


    “She would’ve called me, that’s what worries me the most. If she was able to, she would’ve called me,” Phillips said. “Now I’m just hoping that maybe somebody knows something,” he said.


    Deputies describe Gover as 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 135 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.


    Anyone with information on Gover’s location is asked to call the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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