FBI Joins Hunt for Teen Wearing Pajamas in Possible Abduction Case

By Jim Liao
Jim Liao
Jim Liao
July 20, 2016 Updated: July 20, 2016

Police are searching for a teen who disappeared while on vacation with family in the Big Lake area in Washington state.

Katelynn (Katie) Barlow, 14, was last seen Sunday night, July 17, when she left the cabin she was sharing with her aunt and uncle to use the bathroom. She was wearing pajamas and no shoes. 

Investigators found Barlow’s phone on Tuesday at a Smokey Point rest area about 32 miles from where she was last seen.

Barlow’s family told Q13 Fox that the teen always carries her phone with her. Barlow’s uncle Jeff O’Connor said her phone was found too far away for her to have walked there. He said there was now argument or incident within the family that would have caused her to leave. 

“No one’s going to (run away), from Florida, in 50-degree weather wearing shorts, pajama shorts, and a tank top without any shoes,” O’Connor told Q13 Fox. “That’s why we feel this is an abduction case. Someone has come and taken a close family member from us and my niece is out there and I want her to please pick up the phone and call me.” 

The Skagit County Sheriff’s missing persons poster currently describes Barlow as an endangered missing person. She is listed as white, 5’1 tall, and 120 pounds.

The FBI is assisting the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office in the search for the missing teen, and has shared further images of her. 

Anyone with information on Barlow’s whereabouts is asked to call 360-428-3211.

Jim Liao