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A6 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Lost FROM PAGE AX explained the route before David left. "For me, being a grown adult, looking back on it and knowing every inch of that land, I think he got to that lot, balked at the trail and then left the area under some- one else's guidance," Bryce said. Investigators and volunteers handled the disappearance as a search-and-rescue mission. Issaquah was safe; some residents left doors unlocked, because crime was almost nonexistent. Ann Adams, now 76, said the Tiger Mountain neighborhood seemed like a safe place where she and her husband, Don, could raise their family. "At that time, everyone was just assuming that he had become lost; 40 years ago, the world was a lot safer place and we were in a very undeveloped neighborhood at that time, she said. The idea of crime in Issaquah just had not really raised its ugly head that much." Cronk and the search team set pin the first floor at the Adams ouse. The family had just built and moved to the house; the first floor was fairly empty, with little furniture. Women from church transformed the kitchen into a soup kitchen to feed searchers. The group received help when the American Red Cross set up anoth- er soup kitchen in the driveway. Investigators set up the sheriff's office command post at another site, though searchers could not recall the location. Investigators integrated volun- teer efforts into the official search; detectives and deputies focused on the area where Bryce last saw David. Volunteers fanned across Tiger Mountain. "The idea of someone doing harm to a young boy was really not the first concern at that time," Ann Adams said. BY GREG FARRAR A and Bill Fdsinger revisit forested fields near their old home on 231st Avenue Southeast at Southeast May Valley Road, where they joined in searches for 8-year-old David Adams in 1968. Clark Bean joined the initial search. Bean, now 75, was in the Air Force Reserve, like Don Adams, and the families knew each other through church. Bean recalled the effort to "comb the area foot-by-foot." In the days after David disappeared, searchers were optimistic he would return. "We had every reason to believe he could find his way home," Bean said. When David failed to return in the first hours after the disappear- ance, a call for help reached other Mormon congregations in Western Washington. "When you tell the Mormons you need a couple people, you get a couple hundred," Bryce said. Soon, other searchers tromped across Tiger Mountain -- Explorer Scouts, mountain rescue teams, German shepherd teams, high school students, servicemen and congregations from other faiths. Exhaustive search, Inexhaustible searchers Ava Frisinger and her husband, Bill, moved from Michigan to a May Valley house near Tiger Mountain the previous winter. Ava Frisinger was a University of Washington graduate student then. Nowadays, she serves as the mayor of Issaquah. Bill Frisinger, now retired, worked as a Boeing engineer. The couple joined a search party a few days after the disappear- ance, and scanned brush near Issaquah Creek. About 15 people fanned out across that search area, kept arms' lengths apart and ran wands through the brush to look for signs of David. "People thought this was some- thing that happened  big_ cities," Ava Frisinger said. Small towns were safe places. They were good places for kids." Bill Frisinger recalled when mili- tary helicopters equipped with then-secret infrared sensors buzzed the area at night. Noise from the rotors, and lights from the helicopter, startled the Frisingers awake. The infrared technology offered the Adamses new hope for resolu- tion. "I said, even if there's a body, would they find it?" Ann Adams recalled. "And they said, yes, that they could." But the helicopter search, like the ground effort below, failed to find anything. Despite widespread efforts by area residents, and news coverage the case received, the disappear- ance received little attention in the Clark Elementary SChool class- room where David attended third grade. Rob Killian shared a double desk with David, and attended the same church. "Nothing was said at school," Killian recalled. "It was not dis- cussed. And, now that I think about that, in memory that seems so odd. We weren't warned or counseled or offered grief counsel- ing or interviewed." At the Adams house, search organizers reached a grim conclu- sion. After days spent scouring Tiger Mountain, teams had found nothing. Investigators searched the area for about five days, while volun- teers kept up the unofficial search for another five days or so. Cronk recalled how businesses donated food and batteries to the search teams. Volunteers were so committed that some searchers refused to leave the mountain, and lost jobs because they wanted to continue. Inside the search headquarters at the Adams house, however, Cronk and other organizers knew the search was done. Cronk walked outside and addressed the crowd -- between 75 and 100 people -- through a bullhorn and called off the search. People broke down, overcome with emo- tion. "We chased every loose end," Cronk said. "We chased every pos- sible lead we could find." The case would gather dust at the King County Sheriff's Office for the next 41 years. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. City pockets local, state dollars for parks upgrades City officials accepted parks grants from local and state agencies Dec. 7 in order to enhance and preserve land near Issaquah Creek. The city received $800,000 from the state Recreation and Conservation Office to buy land for Tollfi Anderson Park, part of a downtown parks sys- tem at the confluence of Issaquah Creek and the East Fork. The area encompasses three contiguous parks: Cybil- Madeline Park, Tollfi Anderson Park and Issaquah Creek Park. City officials call the area the "crown jewel" of the municipal park system. The grant will supplement city park bond dollars, and be used toward the purchase of property where the park is planned. The council also accepted a $6,500 grant from the King Conservation District. The award will extend a partner- ship between the city and the Washington Native Plant Society in order to enhance and maintain riparian habitat at Berntsen Park through 2010. As part of the partnership, the plant society trains volun- teers in a 10-week, 100-hour course. The volunteers then form five-member teams; a team from the group will restore the creek buffer at Berntsen Park, 804 Fourth St. N.W. The conservation district offers information and techni- cal-assistance programs to landowners, as well as con- servation grants. Taxpayers fund the district through a $10 per-parcel assessment fee; additional money comes from the state Conservation Commission. Transformation, Formation. Mission lit Dec. 24 th Christmas Eve: 4:00 PM 7:00 PM 10:00 PM Dec. 25 th Christmas Day: 9:30 AM i Christmas Eve Services 4:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. Call 425-747-0515 or visit our website www.newportcov.org Corner of Coal Creek Pkwy. & Factoria Blvd. Sunday Worship 8:30 AM 1 I:00 AM Sunday School Education 9:45 AM JOIN US FOR ADVENT SEASON & CHRISTMAS DEC 24 CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP carols & candlelight 7:00 prn, 9:00 pm & 11:00 pm Everyone's Welcome! LIVING GOD'S LOVE 745 Front Street South, Issaquah 425-392-4169 www.oslcissaquah.org Mary, Queen Of Peace 1 Catholic Church / / Christmas" Mass Schedule ] / Christmas Eve Christmas Day [ Thursday, December 24th Friday, December 25th | 4PM, 7PM, 10PM 8AM, 10AM ] / 1121 228th Ave. SE, Sammamish * (425) 391-1178 www.mqp.org] We welcome everyone tbis Cbristmas. Sunday, December 20 3 p.m. Live Nativity (East parking lot) "lbursday, December 24 4:.30 p.m. Family service with special music for children 10 p.m. Christmas music concert 10:30 p,m. Candlelight worship LIVE NATIVITY :;. Live Actors and Animals December 19-20 (6:30-8:30pm) CANDY CANE LANE Children s Mustcal  December 19 (5:00-6:00pmy* CANDLELIGHT SERVII3ES lsquah Christian Church @December 24 (5:00 & 6:00pm): 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Rd I 425.392.5848 NEWPORT $ PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Welcoming in Spirit; Progressive in Theology 4010-120th S. Bellevue, WA 425-746-61 ] I Please Join Us Christmas Eve Candlelight Services 4:00pm and l O:OOpm newportpres.org Pastors: Jim Patten & Janet DeWater Join us for worship on C&istmas December 24 Ec)e 5:00pm FamilyW0rship 8:00 pm Cundlelight Service with Holy 11:00 pm Candlelight Service with Holy Sd  - , ..... 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