EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The Snohomish County sheriff’s office says a Stanwood woman who disappeared 17 years ago recently called to say she’s OK and living in California.
Detectives confirmed Judith Bello is alive and well and that she left in 1994 due to domestic issues with her husband.
She left her job one day, did not pick up her son from daycare and did not go home. Her car was later found abandoned.
Her disappearance was featured by Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound, and detectives once made her the 8 of hearts in a deck of cold case playing cards.
Bello said she called Nov. 23 after she noticed her profile on the sheriff’s office website.