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Lake Stevens science teacher missing

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Published on Wed, Apr 1, 2009
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Lake Stevens science teacher missing

BY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR Connie M. Koch, a 62-year-old science teacher at North Lake Middle School was reported missing last Thursday, March 26 and as of Monday afternoon, when the Journal went to press, Koch was still missing.

“As of today (Monday) she hasn’t been located,” Lake Stevens Police Chief Randy Celori said. “The search is still continuing with Snohomish County Search & Rescue and the Washington State Patrol assisting in the search efforts.”

Koch, along with her 2005 Toyota Corolla 4-door sedan, license plate number 971 VOL were last seen around 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon at her home on the 14600 block of 22nd Place NE in Lake Stevens.

Police think she may have been headed to the Stevens Pass area.
Koch was recently diagnosed with several medical conditions and was supposed to be leaving for Texas on Friday morning for assistance in recovery of these conditions.

However, plane tickets and luggage were found at her home along with medication.

Koch is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs around 130 pounds, she has blond hair and blue eyes. She is also known as Constance or Connie Mathews and Constance Koch.

Koch has been teaching in the Lake Stevens School District since Sept. 1988 and has taught at Hillcrest and Mt. Pilchuck Elementary Schools, Lake Stevens Middle School and was currently teaching at North Lake Middle where she took a leave of absence in January.

“She has served in various teaching positions throughout the district from elementary to middle school and is currently at North Lake Middle School,” Arlene Hulten, Community Relations Director for the Lake Stevens School District said.

Family members and police are continuing their search.

“We are doing everything we can to locate her,” Celori said.
If anyone has information about Koch or her whereabouts please call 911 immediately or contact the Lake Stevens Police Department at 425-334-9537.

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