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Sandra Harris still missing, suspect not talking

Sandra Harris, 69, of Kennewick, remained missing Saturday night after allegedly being abducted by Theresa Wiltse, 49, of Connell. Police say the Harris family knows Wiltse and the abduction was not random.
Sandra Harris, 69, of Kennewick, remained missing Saturday night after allegedly being abducted by Theresa Wiltse, 49, of Connell. Police say the Harris family knows Wiltse and the abduction was not random.

Sandra Harris, 69, remained missing Sunday, nearly 48 hours after her husband, Randy, reported that she had been taken against her will from their Kennewick home.

Sgt. Ken Lattin of the Kennewick Police Department said that Harris is presumed to be in danger because investigators still don’t know where she is. Her alleged abductor is in jail but has not told investigators where to find Harris.

Randy Harris reported his wife missing shortly before noon Nov. 18, telling police his wife had been taken from their residence in the 200 block of East 41st against her will.

The police department, in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, made contact with the suspected abductor, Theresa Wiltse, 49, of Connell.

A ransom was demanded and officials arranged a rural county exchange. Wiltse was arrested about 10 p.m. that night, but was the only occupant of the rented car with California license plates.

Wiltse was booked into the Benton County jail for kidnapping, and is expected to be formally charged by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Lattin emphasized that Wiltse is known to Harris and her husband and that the public is in no danger. He said investigators have not ruled out the possibility Wiltse may have an accomplice.

The Washington State Patrol Crime Lab is processing the vehicle Wiltse was driving.

The department will give an update on the case Monday.

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