MTHS graduate and MLT resident goes missing, body possibly found by detectives, according to officials

The Mountlake Terrace Police Department (MLTPD) was alerted to the dead body of a woman found in a culvert located at the intersection of 244th Street Southwest and Cedar Way Sunday afternoon.

The body was found at approximately noon, according to MLTPD Commander Kevin Pickard and investigators. Police say the body matches the description of Mountlake Terrace resident and 1980 MTHS alumna Cheryl DeBoer who was reported missing on February 8.

DeBoer’s family called the police on the 8th when she didn’t come home from work. Her car was later found at 234th and 58th on Monday in the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center overflow lot.

Her phone was not in her car when police found it and there hasn’t been any activity from her phone since she went missing, according to police.

However, Pickard said the medical examiner has not identified the body found yet and it is not sure whether or not it is DeBoer. Pickard said he should be getting word from the medical examiner soon. Pickard said he couldn’t estimate how long it would take to receive news because he is so unsure of how long it would take.

The body had what appeared to be self-inflicted cuts on the fingers.

Pickard briefed the media on Sunday afternoon shortly after the body was found. There, he mentioned that the community is under distress and would not identify the body.

According to Edmonds School District Community Relations Manager Debbie Joyce Jakala, DeBoer was a MTHS class of 1980 graduate.

The area where the body was found is still an active crime scene area and investigators are looking through evidence, according to Pickard. The investigation is classified as a “suspicious death.”