FBI Seattle
Seattle Media
April 14, 2022

FBI Seattle Announces Recovery of Vulnerable Adult After Receiving Tips from the Public

SEATTLE, WA—On April 14, 2022, Marisol Cortes, a vulnerable adult who had been missing since November 2021, was safely recovered in Stites, Idaho. Acting on a tip received as a result of a Seeking Information poster and media coverage, law enforcement was able to positively identify Cortes, and bring her home.

“The public’s assistance was instrumental in the outcome we had all hoped for,” said Special Agent in Charge Donald Voiret of the FBI’s Seattle Field Office. “The tips generated from the public, and the quick action by our investigators and law enforcement partners led to Ms. Cortes being safely returned to her family, who can provide the care she requires.”

Cortes, 31, was transported in early November 2021 by an elderly family member from Battle Ground, Washington, to an unknown location. FBI Seattle issued the poster on March 15, 2022, requesting the public’s assistance in locating Ms. Cortes. Subsequent media coverage brought in tips from the public which ultimately led to Ms. Cortes’s successful recovery.

FBI Seattle is one of 56 FBI field offices located in major U.S. cities with nine satellite offices called resident agencies in Washington state. The mission of the FBI is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States. For more information, visit www.fbi.gov or www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/seattle.