Detectives search Winlock property for missing teen

Detectives search Winlock property for missing teen

Credit: Washington State Patrol

Detectives search Winlock property for missing teen

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by KATIE SCAFF / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 11:37 AM

Detectives from the Lewis County Sheriff's Office spent two days searching a property in the 1500 block of Ferrier Road in Winlock for missing Lewis County teen Kayla Croft-Payne.

The teen hasn't been seen or heard for more than three years, but police recently received several tips that Croft had been killed and buried or thrown down a well on the Lewis County property, according to a release issued Friday.

Their 16-hour-plus search on Wednesday and Thursday uncovered a dog carcass, but nothing else of interest, the release said.

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The owners of the property gave detectives permission to conduct the search and a neighbor volunteered to assist in the search.

They combed the property, digging through mounds of garbage, draining a 35-foot well and excavating another 20-foot well on the property, which had recently been filled in with garbage.

Croft was living in a trailer between Chehalis and Napavine when she last logged onto her MySpace account on April 28, 2010, according to LewisCountySirens.com. A friend reported her missing on May 5, saying she hadn't seen or heard from Croft in several days.

Croft was 18 years old at the time of her disappearance.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Lewis County Sheriff's Office at 360-748-9286 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-748-6422.

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