Missing Pacific woman found, investigation into her disappearance continues
By SHAWN SKAGER
Auburn Reporter Sports Reporter
August 13, 2012 · 4:15 PM
The search for a missing Pacific woman is over, but the mystery of her disappearance remains.
At about 1:15 p.m. Monday, 27-year-old Tatyana Khmara – who has been missing since Friday evening – called her family after she reportedly saw herself on the TV news.
Pacific Police Department Public Information Officer Stephanie Shook said Khmara did not know where she was or how she got there when she called.
After Khmara's family called investigators to inform them they had heard from her, they were advised to tell her to call 911 and wait for a Pacific Police Department detective who was dispatched to interview her.
Khmara went missing sometime between 6 and 8 p.m. Friday at Pacific City Park.
She was reported missing the next day after she failed to report for work and her car was found abandoned in the parking lot.
Police dogs tracked her scent from her car to the banks of the White River.
Her disappearance prompted a search of the area and the river with swift water rescue teams, King County Search and Rescue volunteers and the King County Sheriff's Office Guardian One helicopter.
Khmara's younger brother, Dmitri Khmara, who was at Pacific City Park on Monday waiting for news, said he last saw his sister Friday in the company of an unidentified man.
"She seemed to know him," he said. "I was mad, because he was some new guy and she was comfortable with him. They had a case of beer. I was mad, but she seemed comfortable with him so I just told her to be cautious and I left."
Police are investigating whether Khmara was the victim of a crime.Contact Auburn Reporter Sports Reporter Shawn Skager at email@example.com or (253) 833-0218, ext. 5054.