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    WA - Donna Van Zandt, 33, Quinault, April 2014



    http://www.theolympian.com/2014/08/2...=/99/101/&rh=1

    The U.S. Forest Service notified the Sheriff’s Office of the abandoned 2000 Honda Civic, which had been located by hunters scouting the area near Neilton. The car was in a remote area but a deputy was eventually able to make it to the vehicle. The car was overgrown with vegetation, so it is believed the car had been there for some time. The keys were still inside, as were camping and hiking gear. There were no clues as to what may have happened to the vehicle’s occupants, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

    The vehicle is registered to 33-year-old Donna Van Zandt of Seattle. Investigators located family and friends of Van Zandt and were able to determine that none of them had seen her since April. Family members said Van Zandt’s father had apparently been killed in New York in January, and April would have marked two years since the death of her mother, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
    Donna's FB: https://www.facebook.com/donna.vanzandt

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    That is so profoundly sad - that a woman was missing since April and no one missed her, and it took LE locating her car and calling around about the owner to stir up any kind of missing persons report.

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    So sad that she has been missing since April and nobody noticed until they found her car.

    Here is her LinkedIn profile. (I hope it's ok to think this.) https://www.linkedin.com/in/donnavz

    It looks like she was working as a consultant most recently, which could mean she was working independently so not going into an office every day. Would explain why nobody missed her at work.

    I wonder about a boyfriend or significant other. Her FB page doesn't show much, but there is reference to a man who's name starts with S.
    Please be aware that what I type is my opinion.

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    It sounds like this is her mother. Fascinating history. http://seattletimes.com/html/obituar...aldson24m.html
    Last edited by ClaireNC; 08-29-2014 at 04:24 PM.
    Please be aware that what I type is my opinion.

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    The Washington State Elementary School Chess Championship was held in Seattle on April 12th, 2014.

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    Old articles:

    Abandoned vehicle leads to search for Seattle woman
    August 29, 2014
    http://www.theolympian.com/news/loca...e26076622.html

    Vehicle of missing Seattle woman found abandoned near Neilton
    August 25, 2014
    http://kbkw.com/vehicle-of-missing-s...-near-neilton/
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    Missing Seattle woman’s car found in Grays Harbor County
    August 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM
    http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/...harbor-county/

    Missing woman’s car found in Neilton forest
    August 26, 2014
    http://www.kxro.com/missing-womans-c...eilton-forest/

    Missing woman’s car found— Information on her whereabouts sought
    8:30 am - August 28, 2014
    http://southbeachbulletin.com/news/m...ts-sought.html
    On August 6, 2012, mother of two Tamala Wells drove away from her home in Detroit. She has not been seen or heard from since she made her last phone call at 11:45 pm. Her car was recovered three days later, 20 minutes away from her home. Friends and family members are baffled.


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    Haven't had any luck finding info regarding her father's murder. According to this link (http://www.idahochessassociation.org..._opt_color.pdf), his name is Vladimir; I haven't been able to locate a last name or any other info.

    Some family drama rumors can be found on chess.com, easily via Google.
    On August 6, 2012, mother of two Tamala Wells drove away from her home in Detroit. She has not been seen or heard from since she made her last phone call at 11:45 pm. Her car was recovered three days later, 20 minutes away from her home. Friends and family members are baffled.


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    I came across this case by accident while checking up on the latest news regarding Lindsey Baum (missing from McCleary, about an hour and a half from Neilton) A basic Google search shows how active Donna was; she was an avid hiker and biker. She also responded to a Meetup snowshoeing post...I'm sure LE has followed up on these activities and isn't ruling anything out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DayLea View Post
    Haven't had any luck finding info regarding her father's murder. According to this link (http://www.idahochessassociation.org..._opt_color.pdf), his name is Vladimir; I haven't been able to locate a last name or any other info.

    Some family drama rumors can be found on chess.com, easily via Google.
    Where did Donna get her last name?

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    Donna Van Zandt

    Odd - I can't find much on the disappearance of Donna Van Zandt. I see that there was a pending DV between her and Steven Desrosier about 4 months before her disappearance. Does anyone have any current updates on this case?


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    Donna Van Zandt

    Yes, I found a DV court case between her and Steven Desrosier about 4 months before she went missing.

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    Donna has been added to NamUs: https://findthemissing.org/en/cases/32871



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