Published on February 10th, 2016 | by The Kitsap Scene


Mason County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Help Investigating Cold Cases

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two cold cases, and it wants the public’s help.

The sheriff’s office is seeking the help of anyone who may have information regarding the deaths of 17-year-old Tracy L. West in 1988 and 10-year-old Shawn Lowrance in 1999.

Tracy L. West

West disappeared between 4:30 and 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, 1998 while riding her motorcycle through the woods between her home on Fredson Road and the Taylor Towne area just south of Shelton, according to a press release.

West was on her way to work at what was then called the Taylor Towne Café. Sheriff’s deputies found her abandoned motorcycle later that night while assisting family members who had been searching for her after she failed to show up to work, the release states.

Search and rescue teams failed to find her after an extensive search of the area. In 1994, West’s skeletal remains were found by a hunter in a heavily-wooded area a few miles from where she disappeared.

Shawn Lowrance

Lowrance died on Oct. 9, 1999 in Olympic National Park at the Brown’s Creek Campground located west of Hoodsport, according to the release. His death was “suspicious,” the release states.

Active investigations continue for both deaths. The sheriff’s office is requesting anyone with information to contact cold case investigator Nick Patterson at 360-490-3001, or Detective Jeff Rhoades at 360-427-9670, ext. 627. The identities of anyone providing information will be kept confidential.

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