SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. -- The son of a missing Skagit County woman has new hope that witnesses will come forward.
That’s because the man he believes responsible for his mother’s disappearance, a felon with a long and violent history, is headed for a long term in federal prison.
“I think Larry Pressley is the last person to have seen my mom alive,” said Alan Patterson, whose mother, Patti Krieger, vanished after a day on Sauk Mountain in October of 2010.
“Not a whole lot of people would cross (Pressley). He’s got tactics of scaring people into silence and not telling. Well, he can’t really do that for the next 10 years,” said Patterson.
Seattle federal judge Robert Lasnik sentenced Pressley to the 10-year term on gun charges unrelated to the disappearance of Pressley’s one-time girlfriend Patti Krieger. Pressley pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a stolen gun and body armor.
“It’s somebody who’s prepared for combat,” said federal prosecutor Michael Dion of the weapons found in Pressley’s home by a parole officer. “This is the way you’d outfit yourself if you thought you were going to be involved in a full on firefight.”
Pressley has said that Krieger separated from him and his family while on Sauk Mountain scattering the ashes of Pressley’s parents.
Patterson says Pressley said he went back up the mountain to look for Krieger, but never found her.
Air and ground searches failed to turn up many leads, although Krieger’s dog was found wandering in the area several days later.
“No, I don’t believe she’s alive,” said Patterson.
Pressley has served prison sentences for child rape, drive-by shooting and assault on police officers.
But Patterson hopes his new prison term will convince people who know the real story behind his mother’s disappearance to come forward.
“Anybody that may have been fearful of him coming after them or reprisal, will not have that fear anymore,” said Patterson. “It’d be a safe time to come forward because he’s locked up for ten years.”
Pressley has also denied involved in Krieger’s disappearance, and did so again before Judge Robert Lasnik.
The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office has never declared Pressley a suspect.