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stories of the year , See Page C4 didn't see , See Page BI LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1900 75 CENTS WEDNESDAY~ DECEMBER 30, 2009 VOL. 110, NO. 52 Part 3: Clues A thee-part series about the 19P8 dtsappearmlce of David Admns. By Warren Kagarise tives treated the Tiger Mountain Issaquah Press reporter disappearance as a priority. When David vanished May 3, Investigators scoured Tiger 1968, authorities handled the case Mountain for almost a week. as a search-and-rescue effort. Volunteers searchedfordaysmore. Perhaps the boy fell down a Still, the mountain yielded no defunct coalmine shaft or suffered secrets in the search for David Adams, the 8-year-old boy last seen near 15 Mile Creek in May 1968. The disappearance baffled inves- tigators. Left to work with few leads and scant evidence, the case faded into memory for more than four decades -- until now. In the spring, King County Sheriff's Office investigators received a $500,000 grant to re- examine cold cases. The agency established a cold case unit; detec- a wild animal attack. After exhaus- tive searches for David turned up no traces, people suspected some- thing more sinister. David played with a friend after school, and then left for the short trek home at about 5 p.m. Ann Adams, now 76, asked her son to return home for dinner just before he vanished. "I have the firm, firm feeling that this was not an accident, that somebody was involved," she said. "Now, whether it was an accident on their part, I don't know if they deliberately set out to do harm to him. But somehow along in the association that they had, harm was done to him." The lead detective, Scott Tompkins, believes someone else caused the disappearance, too. Everything Tompkins knows about the case is contained in a binder labeled "homicide" -- 41 years condensed into three inches. authorities managed the disap- pearance as a search-and-rescue effort instead of a child abduction. "If the community felt that he was attacked by a cougar or fell down a well, then it wasn't on peo- ple's minds," he said. "Time Is the enemy' Robert Lowery, executive direc- tor of the missing children division for the National Center for Missin ;rag Detectives collected little evi- and Exploited Children, said high- dence from the area where 6-year- profile abductions and technologi- old Kevin Bryce last saw David. cal advances since 1968 reshaped Nobody knows if searchers dam- the way investigators and people aged other evidence during the approach missing child cases. hunt for the lost boy. "We're more sensitive now about Tompkins said he was amazed by how little detective work was conducted in 1968, because See LOST, Page A6 The binder Case No. 61 pearance o 'homicide; after 'S' foF ?ARRAR S Economy, weather ' ! By Warren Kagarlse Issaquah Presf reporter : : Growth slowed and the economy Salmon benefited from good Questions about comntercial cooled throughout 2009. Theworks, too. Throughout fall, developmenh in the Iss quah watershed moments in Issaquah Issaquah Salmon Hatchery work- Highlands p ompted developer hinged on expansion and reces- ers and volunteers collected almost Port Blakely Communities |o ask sion. Leaders broke ground for a 35,000 eggs to restore vulnerable city officials to postpone a d eision major new employer, even while kokanee salmon, on a highlan gas s tioxi.:! other businesses left town for good. King County Council members Port Blak ly. Pr e idehl Alan Issaquah began_ the first decade and,local environmentalists also Boeker asked city ofl ials to: post- of a new century as a fast-growing prodded the federal government to pone the key vote less 'than a week city, a title the city held for years. As list Lake Sammamish kokanee as after a city commission postponed 2009 reached a close, however, offi- endangered, but the U.S. Fish and a residential project in the high- cials pared the size of government Wildlife Service ended 2009 with- lands until Port Blakely answers to face the new economic reality, out a decision about the salmon's questions about commercial devel- From January floods to record July heat and brutal December cold, 2009 was jam-packed, but the year was never dull Uving 'green' continues in Issaquah A new community garden sprouted, threatened salmon received another chance and city officials worked to make dining out more eco-friendly. Volunteers harvested more than 300 pounds of organic peppers, squash and tomatoes for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. The effort brought together a com- munity group, Sustainable Issaquah, and nonprofit AtWork! to feed the hungry. status. Officials further burnished the city's green credentials when the City Council banned polystyrene food containers, like Styrofoam takeout boxes. Issaquah will become the first Eastside city to require businesses to switch from coo-unfriendly poly- styrene to compostable or recycla- ble -- and pricier -- containers and utensils. The council voted Nov. 16 to follow bans in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. What's next: A voluntary adop- tion period will begin Jan. 1, and the ban will become mandatory Oct. 1. See TOP 10, Page A3 WWU com. opment plans. City Council members were set to consider a change to the agree- ment between the city and Port Blakely to allow a highlands; gas station, banned when the agree- ment was drafted due to concerns] about ground water contamina- ,, tion. Officials sqheduled the meas- ure for a Dec. 21 vote. City officials and highlands resi- dents subjected Port Blakely to criticism in recent months because additional commercial develop- ment has failed to materialize in the highlands. The gas station amendment also received a luke- warm reception from the Council See STATION, Page A5 Two Santa Clauses enjoy the cold, clear sunshine on Lake Sammamish Christmas Day, as Douglas Bubbletrousers, of Los Angeles, wakeboards behind the personal watercraft of Is.: saquah resident Jason "The Pi- rate" Gilluly. Bubbletrousers substituted for Issaquah resi: dent Blake Thomson, who could not ski this year, in the fifth year of continuing time holiday years ago by Barry could Sounds of cheers heard coming from surprised S It is very likely the Merry Christmas Issaquah emergency aid fund will set a new record for the number of donors this year. But the fund is still more than $16,000 away from its goal of $50,000. It usually takes about 200 indi- vidual donors for the fund to reach its goal, but this year 157..do =a= tions have already arrived and the fund is still more than 30 percent shy. Merry Christmas Issaquah has become known as the fund that TO DALE: $33,822 2009 GOAl-" $50,000 volunteers at Issaquah Church and Community Services cannot fath- om. ICCS is the nonprofit agency that distributes the Christmas funds. "We don't ever have as much as we'd like, but you'd be surprised how much a little bit can help," helps people help themselves. Not said Marilyn Taylor, president of having enough funds to help those ICCS. "But the need is so great. who need help with a new pair of This may be the year that funds glasses, a prescription for a sick run dry. We pray it won't be so." child, work boots to start a new JdOb, a car repair, rent or an over- ue power bill is something the See FUND, Page A5 i RAIN GAIN l llllU!!![ll!!!!lIFI I lCi y cesOclse sdayDec31C' cun s te ' der '' c s[l ......... 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