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Search under way for missing Hansville woman

A ground area search was under way Saturday in and around the Driftwood Keys neighborhood in North Kitsap for a Elly Dehler, 82, of Hansville, who was reported missing from a private residence Friday.  - Kitsap County Sheriff
A ground area search was under way Saturday in and around the Driftwood Keys neighborhood in North Kitsap for a Elly Dehler, 82, of Hansville, who was reported missing from a private residence Friday.
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HANSVILLE -- A ground area search was under way Saturday in and around the Driftwood Keys neighborhood in North Kitsap for a Hansville woman who was reported missing from a private residence Friday.

Elly Dehler, 82, was spending the night at a neighbor’s home in the 38100 block of Brant Road NE, Hansville, Sept. 29-30 when she apparently disappeared, according to sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson.

It was reported that Dehler recently had been acting despondent.

A missing person complaint was filed just after 6 p.m. Friday by Dehler’s neighbors, when it was realized that Dehler’s whereabouts were unknown to anyone.

She was last seen at approximately 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating Dehler’s disappearance. Dehler was entered as a missing person into the national crime information data base at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Dehler’s personal possessions and vehicle were located at her residence. She has no known relatives in the area.

A search and rescue mission was initiated Friday evening with a ground search of the area around Driftwood Keys starting around 9 p.m. Participating in the search are the Washington Explorer Search & Rescue, Kitsap Unit; and the  All Breeds Canine Search and Rescue Group of Kitsap County.

Dehler is described as a white female, standing 5 feet 2 inches and weighing 150 pounds. She has short blonde and gray hair, and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a beige-colored sweater and pants, and white-colored tennis shoes and socks. She speaks with a pronounced German accent.

“Sheriff’s patrol deputies and SAR personnel are involved in a thorough investigation into this woman’s disappearance,” according to a sheriff’s department press release. “The search includes residential areas as well as rural settings. If property owners notice anything unusual, please contact 9-1-1. This search will be time, resource and manpower intensive. The sheriff’s office must be 100 percent sure that nothing is overlooked.”

Wilson said anyone who may have seen Dehler, or who may have information concerning her whereabouts, should 9-1-1 or (360) 308-5400.

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