Christopher Virdell: Missing teen from Washington Found


A suspect in his death, Michael Bourquin, 21, of Roy, was killed Feb. 1 in a confrontation with Pierce County sheriff’s deputies. Officials said he fought with the deputies and pepper-sprayed them after he was pulled over for a routine traffic stop, so one deputy pulled his gun and shot him.
But Troyer implied that others may have been involved in Virdell’s death.
“Now that we have discovered the body we’ll be needing to talk to some other witnesses,” he said.

UPDATE:  9/26/14 – Partial human remains found along a rural road on Feb. 28 have been identified as a belonging to Chris.

On Thursday, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that the remains were found by a person walking their dog in the 2800 block of Little Hanaford Road in Centralia.

The family’s Facebook page states they  believe Chris was murdered.

Previous story:  Christopher Virdell, 18, from Pierce County, Washington was last seen leaving a friend’s home around 10:00 a.m. on February 9, 2012. He was catching the bus on 223rd Street East in Spanaway to get to his job at the South Hill Safeway.

Christopher was reported missing when he didn’t show up for work that day.  Something he had never done in the more than two years he has worked there. 

Tracking dogs followed Christopher’s scent from house to the bus stop, but the dog’s stopped before the bus stop, suggesting he may have  gotten into a car.

Christopher is 5’8″ tall, 15 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.  He was wearing an orange hunting hoodie jacket with black pants and black shoes with glow-in-the-dark laces. 

If you have any information, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.

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