Skagit County, WA – A 50-year old woman who was reported missing from Lincoln Nebraska after fire crews responded to her home for a house fire was found alive this week in Skagit County, Washington.
According to KLKNTV.COM, Officers from the Lincoln Police Department and fire crews from the Lincoln (Nebraska) Fire & Rescue responded to reports of a fire at the home of 50-year old Shelly A. Miller at 2:38 p.m. on Saturday, March 25th, 2017.
Neighbor Rustin Bader told KLKNTV.com that he called 9-1-1 when he saw an inordinate amount of smoke coming out of the house. He then said he went over and saw a couple of flames in the basement.
The Fire destroyed the home and after Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire, they determined the fire was caused by an unattended candle left burning in the basement. The resident of the home, Shelly Miller was not at home at the time of the fire, and multiple attempts by her family to contact her were unsuccessful. A roommate who also lived in the home was in the hospital at the time of the fire and Shelly’s disappearance, police said.
Shelly Millers family told Lincoln Police this behavior is out of the ordinary for Shelly and they became worried that she had been taken against her will, as the vehicle she drives, a silver 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Nebraska Plates, TEF 894 was missing. The vehicle belongs to her sister. Her purse was also missing and there had been no bank activity on any of her credit cards, and her cell phone had been left behind in the home. The family said “something doesn’t add up.”
Due to the suspicious nature of the fire and the home owner missing, Lincoln Fire and Rescue conducted multiple searches of the home looking for the remains of Shelly Miller, before Police Officials issued an official missing persons report.
After three weeks of searching, Shelly’s family was notified that Shelly was found safe and unharmed in Skagit County, Washington after Deputies from the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office found her inside the missing silver Jeep Grand Cherokee, stuck in a muddy field just off the road in Rural Skagit County.
It is still unclear the circumstances leading up to Shelly Miller going missing from her home in Nebraska or what she was doing in Skagit County before she got her vehicle stuck in a muddy field.
Her family expressed relief that she was found alive and her sister, Christine Miller Johnson plans to travel to Skagit County this week to be with her sister and find out more information.