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Man sought in Olympia woman’s disappearance

WATCH: Deputies search home of potential suspect in missing woman case

Thurston County Sheriff's and Washington State Patrol officers secure a home on Longhorn Loop Southwest south of the Olympia Airport on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, after Olympia police found evidence allegedly linking the man living there to the disa
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Thurston County Sheriff's and Washington State Patrol officers secure a home on Longhorn Loop Southwest south of the Olympia Airport on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, after Olympia police found evidence allegedly linking the man living there to the disa

Police are seeking a man in connection with the disappearance of Olympia woman Gail J. Doyle, who was last seen June 2.

James E. Stidd, 66, was the last person seen with Doyle that night, when they got into an argument at a local tavern and left, according to a Thurston County Sheriff’s Office news release. The two left in Stidd’s blue 1996 Honda Civic four-door coupe, which has a primer gray hood and Washington license plate ACM 7289.

Stidd is 6 foot 1 and weighs 178 pounds, has blue eyes and a large tattoo on his neck. He has brown hair and is balding, but shaved his head recently, police said.

Doyle, 60, is 5-foot-3 and 110 pounds, with blond hair and green eyes.

Olympia police met with Stidd after Doyle went missing and he told them the pair continued to argue in the car and he let her out at Aztec Bowling Lanes when she asked to leave, the release stated. He said that was his last contact with her.

Police got a search warrant for Stidd’s home in the 9200 block of Longhorn Loop Southeast south of Tumwater and searched it Wednesday, finding “significant, but currently undisclosed evidence,” the release stated.

Thurston County sheriff’s deputies were investigating at the scene late Wednesday.

According to The Olympian archives, Stidd has a 1980 conviction for assault.

Olympia police Lt. Paul Lower said Monday that Doyle’s family members contacted Olympia police after she didn’t show up to family functions.

Lower said it was clear when talking to Doyle’s family that it was “very unusual” for her to miss family events.

Anyone with information in regard to Doyle’s disappearance or Stidd’s whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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