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Missing Colville tribal member located, reported safe

May 2—NESPELEM — Colville tribal member Amanda Pakootas, who was lacking and reported by police to be held towards her will, was positioned Monday evening in Spokane and is reported to be safe, in response to an announcement from the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

Pakootas’ disappearance was investigated starting Saturday, with police believing her to be held by Joseph Parisien, in response to the assertion. She was positioned close to E. 4th Street and Nelson in Spokane. Joseph Parisien was taken into custody Tuesday evening.

The assertion stated Amanda’s household needs to thank the regulation enforcement officers who investigated the case and finally discovered Amanda, together with the Colville Tribal Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Washington State Patrol, the Spokane County Police, the Airway Heights Police, the Spokane Tribal Police and the Kalispel Tribal Police.

According to the announcement, the household additionally needs to acknowledge HEROS, the Find Me Group, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, the sufferer advocacy teams that assisted and supported the household in the course of the investigation. The assertion stated they particularly want to acknowledge Detective Jordan McNulty of the Colville Tribal Police for her efforts in the course of the investigation.

The Chairman of the Colville Confederated Tribes, Jarred-Michael Erickson, commented on the investigation.

“We are very grateful that Amanda was located and returned safely to her family,” he stated within the assertion. “I want to join Amanda’s family in praising the efforts of Detective McNulty and the other officers of the Colville Tribal Police and the other law enforcement organizations who worked on this case. I also want to thank our entire community for getting the word out and sharing information. Keeping tribal members safe is a top priority for the Colville Business Council, as is seeking justice for those who threaten tribal members.”

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