No new signs in missing Mukilteo resident case
Last updated 4/24/2019 at Noon
It has now been three years since Mukilteo resident Tyler Christensen disappeared, and there have not been any recent updates regarding his potential whereabouts.
Christensen was 16 when he was reported missing by his family on April 20, 2016. He was last seen in the area around 6:30 p.m. the day before near Beverly Park Road. He was wearing a blue T-shirt and blue shorts, and had told his family that he was walking to the Spring of Life church in the 4700 block of 116th Street SW to attend a youth group meeting. Evidence discovered by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office indicated Christensen actually went in the opposite direction.
The Sheriff’s Office at the time said its detectives received information that he may have left his home on his own volition.
Christensen didn’t arrive at the church or return home, and he was reported missing early the next day.
His disappearance was seen as odd, as he had no runaway history, and because of his strong ties to his family and church, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Shari Ireton said shortly after his disappearance.
Tips came in shortly after his disappearance was made public, and all signs pointed to Christensen heading west.
His family created a “Help Find Tyler” Facebook page, and has posted updates since he disappeared.
According to posts from the Facebook page, he was seen on April 19, 2016, near Kingston, and soon after, in May, his backpack was found. The bag contained food, sweatpants, blankets, and a ferry receipt.
Another tip came in from a man who picked Christensen up while he was hitchhiking, who said Christensen was upbeat and planning to hike the Olympics.
The man said he dropped Christensen off between Poulsbo and Silverdale, and had asked for directions to Shelton, which is a more than 100-mile drive from Mukilteo.
“Although we do know at this point that he left of his own volition and traveled near Shelton on the (Olympic) Peninsula, we still do not know what happened from that point,” the Facebook page reported in a post last year.
As for the reason he disappeared, or what has become of him? His family doesn’t know, and wants the answers to those questions.
“We do not know why he left, if he is still out there, or if he is with the Lord,” the family wrote on Facebook. “We have not given up hope that we will someday be reunited with Tyler, but we have no new information or leads to help us find him or know what happened. Please pray for new information, for answers, and for continued strength, hope and trust in the One who knows all the answers.”
According to the latest post on the Facebook page, posted this April 19, his family said said there have been no new discoveries or leads to follow in some time.
"Three years later we miss you even more, Tyler. You are always in our hearts and on our minds. He is still missing. We still don’t know what happened, nor do we have any new leads or updates. We keep looking, sharing, hoping, praying. We haven’t given up. Trusting the One Who knows all the answers, even if we never will."
Christensen is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 145 pounds. He has blue eyes and light brown hair, which was in a buzz cut when he disappeared. He is now 19 years old.
Anyone with information about this investigation or knows of Christensen’s whereabouts should call 911 or the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tip line at 425-388-3845.
To see updates from Christensen’s family, visit facebook.com/Help-Find-Tyler-512302558976144.