Did Misty try and walk the eight miles back to her home? Many think so, as she was reportedly spotted at about 10:00 p.m. walking in the direction of Spanaway along Highway 512. Tragically, however, she did not make it back, and Diana returned home from work to an empty house.
In a panic, Diana then began ringing round Misty’s family and friends, but nobody knew where the teenager had gone. Nevertheless, police assumed that she had simply run away, and it was months before they began pursuing leads. Then finally, in February 1993, a search turned up items of Misty’s clothing in a ditch some 22 miles east of Puyallup.