Puyallup resident James Yielding has been missing since Monday afternoon.Courtesy photo

Puyallup resident James Yielding has been missing since Monday afternoon.Courtesy photo

Missing man’s car found at Federal Way trailhead

The man’s wallet, phone and medication was found inside the vehicle, according to friends and family.

Editor’s note: Update – police located the body of the missing man on Friday, who apparently committed suicide, police said.

Police located the car of a missing Puyallup man at a trailhead in Federal Way on Wednesday afternoon.

James Yielding, age 51, has been missing since Monday night, according to his wife, Amanda Yielding.

“This whole thing is completely out of character for him,” she said on Thursday evening, crying. “He just doesn’t up and go missing.”

His vehicle was located at about noon on Wednesday at the BPA trailhead in the 1800 block of SW 356th St. in Federal Way, according to Federal Way police Commander Kurt Schwan.

The vehicle had Yielding’s wallet, phone and medication inside, according to a Facebook post that the man’s friends and family have publicly shared with online local community groups. The window was also smashed out.

Amanda Yielding told the Mirror the last time she heard from her husband was around 7 p.m. on Monday when he texted her “saying that he noticed that I just went and had a massage.”

The couple and their two adult daughters have a tracking app on their cell phones that allows them to see their family members’ locations at all times, she said.

Her husband, who was temporarily staying at a Tukwila hotel near his work at Boeing, then called her at 10:30 p.m. on Monday. However, she was asleep and did not answer the call because she had to work early the next morning, she said.

“He didn’t leave me a voicemail. And we were supposed to be meeting at my work to go to court the next day and he didn’t show up,” said Amanda Yielding, who has been married to her husband for 22 years. “I couldn’t figure out why he didn’t come to my work. I texted him a couple of times and I was like, OK, maybe we’re meeting there? And he didn’t respond, which is weird.”

She looked at the tracking app, which showed his phone had powered off at 1:32 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

“And the last ping was here in Federal Way where the car was found,” said Amanda Yielding, who spoke on the phone while she and her daughter were at the trailhead checking out the wooded site. She noted her husband doesn’t have any connections to Federal Way.

When James Yielding didn’t show up at her work on Tuesday morning, Amanda Yielding went to the Tukwila hotel to look for him.

“And his car didn’t pull up and I went into the office and tried to ask them questions: ‘Is he paid up for the rest of the week like he told me he was?’ And they told me I wasn’t on the registration so they couldn’t talk to me,” she said. “So I went back to the parking lot and sat there and I started to get more and more stressed so I called the non-emergency line and filed a missing person report.”

When police located his car on Wednesday afternoon, the Tukwila Police Department organized a search for him near the trailhead, which Federal Way police assisted with, Schwan said. However, they did not locate the missing man.

“I feel like I’m losing my mind,” Amanda Yielding said of how she’s felt this week while waiting for answers.

She added that she believes police plan to do a K-9 search of her husband on Friday morning in the area near the Tukwila hotel. The Tukwila Police Department could not be reached for immediate comment.

Yielding is described as about 5 feet 9 inches, approximately 220 pounds, with dark brown hair and brown eyes.

The Mirror will update this story when more information becomes available.


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