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Several afraid that 'Ted' may be a local resident

Fear, anger, paranoia, uncertainty.

These are the basic attitudes shared by several

people, mainly women, in the Snoqualmie-North Bend area

since the grim discovery three weeks ago of the skeletal

remains of four missing Northwest women on Taylor Mountain, about eight miles southwest of here.

The usual calm in the two communities was shattered by the unnerving possibility that the elusive

"Ted," who the police are seeking in connection with the

crimes, may live here or frequent the area.

"You kind of look at everyone suspiciously,"

said Pat McKiernan, Snoqualmie town clerk. "I don't

fear for myself, but I fear for my 18-year-old daughter.

It scares the heck out of you."

"It scares me, literally, said Jolene Thornton.

"I'm afraid to let my daughter out of the house alone."

"I had goose bumps when I first heard about it,"

said Barb Johnson of North Bend. "Issaquah was bad

enough, but here? WRONG! I'm glad I live near the police

station."

These and similar opinions were received as the Record questioned people last Thursday on the

street and in businesses around the Upper Valley. The

message that came across loud and clear was that they

hope the police apprehend the person or persons

responsible … and fast.

Debbie Blue, an employee at Metropolitan

Federal Savings and Loan in North Bend said that she was,

at first, extremely paranoid. However, that gave way

to anger when it occurred to her that, "This one person

can put so much terror into single women in my age

group. It isn't right."

Miss Blue, who lives in Seattle's University

District (where two women vanished last year) said that she

is even afraid to walk around Green Lake anymore.

What really aroused her is that the culprit could

strike anywhere, anytime.

"There's no pattern," she said.

"It scares the daylights out of me," said

Laverna Webb of North Bend, "especially when they say it

could be someone who lives in the Valley."

One woman, who wished to remain unidentified,

said that she was going to apply for a gun permit to carry

a .22 pistol in her purse for protection. A week before,

a waitress in a restaurant said she was planning to

enroll in a firearms course for women, offered by

the Snoqualmie Valley Rifle Club.

However, a King County Police officer told the Record that a gun probably would not be much

use against this individual because, "He doesn't work

that way. He disarms women by putting on an act;

making them confident that he's no threat."

George Macris, president of the North Bend Chamber of Commerce, wants people to know about the

city, but not in relation to "Ted." He hopes that the

police capture the man and restore public confidence and

eliminate "the fear that has been dominating the hearts

of many people."

Pam Howard, an employee at a local clothing

store, said the thought that "Ted" may live here scares

her. She said that recent events have made her "not as

close" to people, that this is not good.

"I look at everybody," she said. "He could have

been in here. It bothers me, too, because I fit the

description of the missing girls."

Sue Leach, an employee at the Snoqualmie Town Hall, said that, "It's always somewhere else. Only

now it's right in your backyard."

Don Lofgren said that it makes him nervous.

"I wouldn't have much compassion for the man

if they caught him," Lofgren said.

As for theories, Helen Balaski said that she

believes it is the work of one man and not a group.

"I don't think it's a ritual type deal," she said.

"It's one guy."

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