Crime

Woman feared abducted after Lakewood Farmers Market

Lakewood Police examine Moua Vang’s van.
Lakewood Police examine Moua Vang’s van. Courtesy

A woman who sold flowers Tuesday at the Lakewood Farmers Market went missing and police fear she was kidnapped.

Moua Vang, 31, of Kirkland was a regular vendor at the market in the 6000 block of Main Street Southwest.

It appears she was taking down her booth but was interrupted before she finished, police Lt. Chris Lawler said Wednesday.

The market is held near City Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. Vang’s family last heard from her at 4:30 p.m. and witnesses reported seeing her near her van about 6 p.m.

A passerby called police about 8:25 p.m. after noticing Vang’s van open and in disarray, hours after the farmers market ended.

The doors on her van were open and the tent used to cover her booth was only partially taken down.

The keys to the van and Vang’s wallet were inside the vehicle, but there was no sign of her.

Detectives are canvassing the area looking for anyone who might have seen Vang and collecting surveillance video from businesses around the Farmers Market.

Vang is married with six children ages 2 to 14, said her sister-in-law, who asked not to be identified.

The children often help their mother at the various farmers markets where she sells, but she was by herself Tuesday because school started last week, the sister-in-law said.

Vang has lived in Kirkland for 15 years, and has been selling the flowers, which she grows herself, for a decade. The Lakewood market is one of her weekly stops, her family said.

She is described as Asian, 5 feet 1 inch and 120 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Detectives were trying to determine what she was wearing Tuesday.

Anyone who has information on Vang’s whereabouts is asked to call 911. Police also are looking for anyone who took photos at the farmers market.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.com

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