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A6 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS key in cold cases. If another law body had taken him from the reactions, Tiekamp said. enforcement agency had recovered area." "Corpsman don't kill people," he unidentified human remains, DNA Detectives eyed a 20-year-old added. "They save lives." from them could be matched against man early in the investigation, a FROM PAGE A1 genetic profiles in the database. U.S. Navy corpsman whose family ~JI is well with Da~dd' Searchers recovered no traces of lived near the Adamses. Police Ann and Don Adams never left what happens in these cases," he David. The first search teams reports from the days after David Tiger Mountain where the family said. scanned the forest near the Adams disappeared show the man piqued settled with David in 1968. Although people opened news- house in the hours after David detectives' interest. "There for a long time, we kept papers, listened to radios or failed to return home. King County A search volunteer and Tigerthinking maybe one day there watched television broadcasts investigators arrived the next Mountain residents said the man would be a knock on the door and filled with information about the morning, and volunteers came to behaved in a strange way when there he would be, Ann Adams case, many reports contained Issaquah by the hundreds to asked about the disappearance, said. We wantedtobethere." incorrect information, search. Neighbors told police they saw a They raised a close-knit family The Seattle Times and Seattle Military helicopters equipped man walking along Tiger Mountain -- six children in the house. A eost-Intelligencer misiden,titied the with then-secret infrared sensors Road the day David vanished,daughter was born a few years lost boy as "David Adam. Articles buzzed the area. Volunteers tray- A detective interviewed the man after David disappeared. Despite in the days after the disappearance eled south toward Mount Rainier to May 6, 1968 -- three days after a the disappearance and unsolved carry reports about bogus sight- :::: investigate reported sightings, schoolmate last saw David near 15 mystery, the Adamses said tragedy ings. Tompkins said a few reports Searchers used fabric strips torn Mile Creek. The man told thenever forced them to become over- turned out to be cruel hoaxes, from bed sheets on which David detective he had been taking tran- protec,tive with the other children; David disappeared almost a full slept to help dogs pick up the scent, quilizers because, he said, he was We ve had a ha,p, py, good life, day before the case received wide- a very- nervous person," court Ann Adams said. /hoever was spread attention. The disappear- -- Unanswered quasi,as documents state, involved with this, I think I feel ance received unprecedented cov- BY G EG FAR A Don Adams, then a captain inTompkins requested a warrant sorrier for them than I do for us. erage, but a key tool investigators Scott Tompklns (left) and lake P e lch, King County Sheriff's dete ves, the Air Force Reserve, remembers in October to search mobile phone My life is just overflowing with use today to locate missing chil working out of their office at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, the search dog teams well Herecords because he felt the man, good memories and happy days, dren -- the AMBER Alert -- was have a thrae inch binder compiling the available information on the unsolved returned from Air Force training in now a Lewis County resident,but they must be carrying a terri nonexistent in 1968. disappearance case of David Adams. Oklahoma days after his second- steered potential witnesses away ble burden. Nowadays, information about a ,, from investigators. ,,Tompkins The children biked, swam, hiked missin g child can be beamed Time is the enemy when it investigation, agents collected DNA oldest son vanished. But the dogs, like the searchers described the man as a person of and picked berries in the thick for- across news tickers, electronic comes to finding a child, Lowery samples from Ann and Don Adams and the helicopters, found nothing, interest" in the case. est nearby. Still, questions about highway signs and mobile phones said. and uploaded the information in a Don Adams, now 77, recalled a fol- The man agreed to a polygraph David remained. Jill Stephenson, minutes after authorities deter- DNA teqbnology, another crime- national database. The agency also low-up visit from searchers after test, administered in April at the the Adamses' oldest daughter, mine a child is lost. solving tool, was unimaginable 41 collected DNA -- through a quick, organizers called off the hunt for Lewis County Sheriff's Office. The recalled how she walked through But 41 years ago, authorities years ago. Detectives now collect a oral swab -- from the oldest Adams David. man told Tompkins he assisted the woods as a child and won- were unable to saturate the air- comb, toothbrush or another item child, Steven, who lives in Alaska. "A few weeks later, they came with the search. The man failed dered, "What if I came across him waves with the description for a chockablock with DNA traces from Known as the Combined DNA back, and they said the dogs had the test, court documents state. A or his bones?" slender boy, 4 feet tall, with dark missing people to aid investiga- Index System, the database helps never failed to find who they were technician recorded the strongest When detectives renewed the brown hair and intense blue eyes, tions, investigators compare forensic looking for if who they were look- deception reading when the man dressed in green-and-brown plaid Not long after the King County DNA evidence nationwide, ing for was there," he said. "Based was asked, "Do you know where shirt, jeans and high tops. Sheriff's Office revived the Adams Tompkins said DNA samples are on that, I just assumed that some- the body is?" : On TV, when things go wrong in the ER, they win an Emmy. In real life, when things go right in the ER, they win one of these. You're looking at the 2009 Press Ganey Summit Award. And, while you've probably never heard of it, if you ran a hospital you certainly would. That's because the Press Ganey organization studies more than 10,000 healthcare facilities in the U.S. The 74 that delivered exceptional patient satisfaction scores three years in a row won this award -- and that's exactly what the Swedish/Issaquah ER just did. What makes Swedish patients happy? For starters, instead of making you wait in the lobby, you're almost always ushered right into a treatment room. There are no long delays to see a doctor either Swedish guarantees the doctor will be with you in 30 minutes or less. Truth be told, Swedish didn't win this trophy. The men and women who work at this remarkable, efficient, patient-friendly place did. They're the real stars of the show. And, while they may never win an Emmy, they definitely deserve a standing ovation. 2005 N.W. Sammamish Issaquah Rd.- www.swedish.org/issaquahER EMMY and the EMMY statuette are the trademarle properry of ATA$/NATAS. The man also told Tompkins he passed a polygraph test in May 1968, court documents show. However, the test is not included in the modern-day Adams case file. No conclusive evidence links the man to the disappearance. The Issaquah Press typically does not name people until they are charged with a crime. Patrick Tiekamp, 64, is the older brother of the man interviewed by vanished. Grief lingered long after investigators. Tiekamp said a family friend hoisted a bullhorn Tompkins targeted his brother and ended the search. because the former neighbor hap: You just deal with grief as any- pens to be ,the last man standing, one deals with grief," Ann Adams Tiekamp said the investigation said. Actually, when they contact- aggravated the post-traumatic ed us last spring that they were stress disorder his brother devel- going to open the case again, now investigation in April, the new attention the case received forced the Adamses to relive the pain from 41 years earlier. Eileen Erickson, a longtime fam- ily friend, described Ann and Don Adams as hospitable, open people unlikely to become distracted by serf-pity. I don't think they're the kind of people who would sit there and say, ,Why me?'" Erickson said. Searchers left the Adamses' house about a week after David oped in Vietnam. and at this point, I can't say that I "If my brother had done any- hope they find out what happened. thing like that, he would have con- We're at peace. I know all is well tided in me," Tiekamp saidl with David, whatever the circum- stances are or were." Tiekamp said his brother served in Vietnam soon after David disap- peared. In Vietnam, the man Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or worked in a military morgue, and wkagarise sspress.com. Comment at the word body still provokes strong www.issaquahpress.com. 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