UPDATE: Vendor missing from Farmers Market apparently staged her abduction
UPDATE Sept. 10, 2015 11:30 p.m.: KING5 is reporting that Moua Vang, the female flower vendor who disappeared from the Lakewood Farmers market Tuesday, has been found safe after boarding a flight back to Sea-Tac Airport.
Lakewood Police told KING 5 that Vang admitted she staged her vehicle and booth to look like an abduction so she could leave without her family knowing. Police did not release the reason why she decided to leave town or where she decided to go. Vang did admit that she had second thoughts about leaving and decided to return to Seattle.
In addition to the Lakewood market, Vang was well known from selling flowers at both the Des Moines and Burien ones as well.
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Lakewood Police detectives are seeking the public’s help to locate 31-year old Moua Vang (pictured above), who went missing under suspicious circumstances from the Lakewood Farmers Market on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Some locals may recognize Moua, as she also worked as a flower vendor for many years at both the Des Moines and Burien Farmers Markets.
Police say that at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday night, a passerby reported seeing a van in disarray at the Lakewood Farmer’s Market, located in the parking lot of Lakewood City Hall on Main Street SW.
Here are more details from Lakewood Police:
A white Chevrolet Express cargo van belonging to flower vendor Moua Vang was found with the back doors open next to a partially broken down vendor tent and several buckets of flowers. The van was unoccupied but contained personal items belonging to Vang, including her car keys.
Vang’s family reported last hearing from her at approximately 4:20 p.m. when she called to say she was getting ready to head home from the farmer’s market. Other market vendors reported seeing Vang packing up her flower booth around the same time she called her family.
“I know her,” Des Moines Farmers Market Manager Rikki Marohl told The Waterland Blog. “She is a vendor and friend. I am heart broken.”
And her disappearance is being felt in Burien as well.
“Her presence is sorely missed today,” Discover Burien Executive Director Andrea Reay said.
“Moua Vang and her family have been a part of our market since Discover Burien and the city of Burien opened the market in 2002,” Event Manager Debra George said. “I’ve had the privilege to know Moua well and watch her children and family grow. We are a tight knit community and this has been hard on all of us. We continue to hope and pray for a positive outcome for Moua and her family.”
Debra added that they are honoring Moua’s absence today from the market by leaving her space vacant, marked with a bouquet of flowers.
“We want to show our community that we are reserving her space and hope that she will return soon,” Debra added. “Moua, like all of our vendors, would often go the extra mile for customers to our market. I would often see her arrange special bouquets to include favorite flowers and she always met me with a warm smile and wave.”
Discover Burien has been in contact with the Lakewood Police Department, and is collecting donations to help Moua’s family and the investigation.
Moua Vang is described as an Asian female, 31 years old, 5’1” tall, 120 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.
Detectives are looking for information on any suspicious persons seen with Vang or at the Lakewood market on the afternoon of Tuesday Sept. 8.
Police are also asking for anyone who took photos at the market that day to contact them.
Police do not know yet what Moua was wearing.
Lakewood Detectives are actively working the case and need help from the public to find her.
“Please pray for Moua and share her photo everywhere so we can help bring her home safely,” police said.
If you spot Moua, or have any information on her whereabouts, please call 911 immediately or Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
You may receive up to $1000 dollars for information leading to the arrest and charges filed for the person in this case.