Missing Kent father home safe



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Posted on May 14, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 12:31 PM

Update: King County said Thursday that James Dauphin returned home under his own power Wednesday night and had not been in a car accident.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. –  James Dauphin's family is frantic and frustrated. His sister says the 26-year-old father from Kent called his girlfriend for help twice since Monday night. But the family says search and rescue teams aren’t out looking for him.

James told friends he was going camping about an hour from Kent with some rugby teammates.

Trenesse Dauphin, James’ sister, said James called his girlfriend around 9:30 p.m. Monday saying he had been in a car accident. The girlfriend said James told her his leg was "shattered" and his friend who had been driving was unconscious.

"She said his voice sounded really shattered, broken up," said Trenesse, "He sounded really out of it."

The family believes James’ cell phone died shortly after calling his girlfriend again for help Tuesday afternoon. No one has been able to reach him since.

A missing persons report was filed in King County, but detectives are not out actively searching for James because they say they do not have a good idea where the man might be and they do not consider him in any danger, according to a spokesperson. Sgt. D.B. Gates said James' case is being investigated.

The family said Olympia Police told them the cell phone call was made between West Olympia and Black Lake. James’ friends and family spent Wednesday afternoon searching on foot and in cars around that part of Olympia.

"I just want my brother home," said Trenesse.

Dauphin's relatives think he is alive.

"I feel like he's OK, just waiting for us to come and get him," said Gerard Dauphin.

No other missing person reports have been filed in connection with James’ disappearance.