The sister of a missing Washington lady and her lover believes the duo did not leave their house willingly.
Pauline Dutton stated that her sister, Karen Koep, and Koep’s partner, Davido, would not simply depart without informing anybody.
“I know that they didn’t walk away from their house on their own, let’s put it that way,” Dutton told reporters. “They didn’t just leave there. They are not on vacation in Bora Bora. They’re gone, and I don’t believe they departed voluntarily.”
Koep and Davido — whose official name, according to Dutton, is just Davido — have been missing from their Lacey, Washington, residence since Monday.
Dutton stated that officers conducted a wellness check at the residence on Monday after Koep, a chiropractor, failed to show up to work and left patients waiting. Dutton stated that Koep’s staff contacted her before police following unsuccessful attempts to contact both Koep and Davido.
“That’s what started the ball rolling,” Dutton explained.
According to a listing on Zocdoc, the couple’s car, a 2015 silver Toyota Yaris, was subsequently discovered on a street in Lacey near where Koep works.
Police are still looking for the pair, who they said vanished under “suspicious” circumstances but did not elaborate.
When asked about the circumstances surrounding the disappearance, Dutton said she couldn’t answer because she didn’t want to jeopardize the investigation. She stated that she was unaware of any troubles the couple were experiencing previous to their disappearance.
Dutton claimed she last texted her sister on November 10 and that she hasn’t heard from Koep or Davido since last Friday.
“We’ve got 100% faith that these people are working really hard because it’s personal to that community,” Dutton said of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, which is overseeing the investigation.
She stated that police are planning a search party on Sunday to assist in the search for Koep and Davido.
Koep, according to Dutton, was “very involved in the community” and had “worked with the same patients for over 30 years.”
“People want something to do, they want to help,” she told me. Koep’s patients “know and love her, and people want her to come home.”