According to KING-5, King County authorities said Thursday that James Dauphin returned home under his own power Wednesday night. They said he had not been in a car crash.
The family did not return phone calls to The Olympian to talk about the case.
Olympia police are helping search for missing Kent man who may be in the Olympia area.
James Dauphin called a family member Monday night saying that he had been in a wreck while on a hiking trip and his leg was “shattered,” family friend Shonna Randle said.
Olympia Police spokeswoman Laura Wohl confirmed that an attempt to triangulate Dauphin’s cellphone signal indicated Dauphin’s cellphone was in the Olympia area.
Dauphin’s family members said Wednesday the cellphone “ping” indicated he was in the Black Lake area.
However, a police search of the area turned up nothing, Wohl said.
Dauphin’s sister Trenesse Dauphin said she and a group of about 30 people were looking for Dauphin in the Black Lake area Wednesday. It is unlike her brother to go missing, she said.
Dauphin, who is in his 20s, was reported missing to the King County Sheriff’s Office, and OPD is assisting, Wohl said. Wohl said police have no reason to believe Dauphin met with foul play or is a crime victim.
Anyone who sees Dauphin should call the Olympia Police Department at 360-753-8300.
Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445; firstname.lastname@example.org