Search for Mackenzie Cowell, Missing 17-Year-Old, Continues in Washington

No Suspects: Mackenzie Cowell's Vehicle was Found Locked, One Set of Footprints Leading Away, 40 Miles from Her Home

The FBI has now joined the search for missing Mackenzie Nicole Cowell in Chelan County, Washington, according to Wenatchee World. The 17-year-old disappeared after leaving beauty school Tuesday night. Mackenzie Cowell's car was found a few hours later near Mission Ridge, about 40 miles from where she lives in Orondo. Authorities discovered her purse and some clothes in the locked vehicle, but found her debit card missing. A single set of footprints led away from the car.

With the six FBI agents joining the hunt Thursday, the number of investigators searching for Machenzie Cowell numbered about 30, according to the Seattle Times. The FBI re-interviewed witnesses and helped follow up on tips received since the high school student went missing. The agents comprise one of the FBI's Child Abduction Rapid Deployment teams.

But authorities do not have much to go on. No Amber Alert was issued for the 17-year-old because her disappearance did not fit criteria for one. There was and continues to be no evidence of foul play or that suggests that Mackenzie Cowell was abducted.

Chelan County Sheriff's Office chief of administration Jerry Moore said, "We don't have a suspect vehicle and we don't have a suspect. We have no witnesses seeing her abducted or taken. We can't verify that she didn't walk away on her own."

Helicopters have failed to catch a glimpse of her. Bloodhounds have failed to pick up a trace of her scent. No one has seen her. A search on the computers at her home turned up nothing suspicious.

Residents in Pitcher Canyon noticed Mackenzie Cowell's car Tuesday night and notified authorities. However, investigators are at a loss as to why the vehicle was parked near a residential driveway in Pitcher Canyon so far from the teen's home. Given her background of good grades and active schedule, investigators do not believe the teen is a runaway. Besides high school and beauty school, Mackenzie Cowell was also a member of the Appes-Ettes Dance Team.

Searchers include the FBI, Washington State Police, the Chelan County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, and the Wenatchee Police department.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) are also active in the investigation. At present NCMEC has 13 missing children on their list of those gone missing in the state of Washington within the last year. Of those, nine are teenagers.

According to statistics from a Department of Justice study, two-thirds of missing juvenile victims are between the ages of 12 and 17. Of those, eight out of 10 are white females.

Mackenzie Cowell is a white female, is 5' 8", weighs 110 lbs., and has brown hair, which was recently dyed to have a reddish tint. She wears braces. She was last seen wearing black pants, a black top, and a black coat that tied off at the waist. She was also wearing brown boots with fur trim.

Anyone with information regarding Mackenzie Cowell or her whereabouts is urged to call 509-667-6848.

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