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Barbara Cordova Ayala
Barbara Cordova Ayala
Vancouver Police Request Help Locating Missing Adult (Update: located) Photo) - 08/18/14

Ms. Ayalya has been located and is safe.


On August 18, 2014, the Vancouver Police Department responded to the 3300 block of NE 57th Avenue for the report of a missing person; Barbara J. Cordova Ayala, age 41. A family member reported to officers that Barbara may have been feeling depressed and had made statements that gave them concern about her immediate welfare.

Barbara is a light-skinned, Hispanic female, about 5'8", 180 lbs., with long, dark brown hair, brown eyes and pierced ears. She was last seen wearing a black sweater and black Nike workout pants.

Barbara is believed to be driving a green Kia Rio. The license plate is not known at this time. It may be registered to a family member.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Barbara Ayala is asked to call 911.
Attached Media Files: Barbara Cordova Ayala
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M Gonzales
Vancouver Police Seeking Assistance to Locate Missing Woman (found) (Photo) - 08/13/14

Missing Person Mariah Gonzalez has been located safe and reunited with her family.

The Vancouver Police Department thanks the community for their invaluable assistance in helping to find her.

*** Update***

Paul Mullins is Mariah Gonzales' boyfriend. A photo of him is also being attached in the event that she may be with him.


On August 11, 2014, Vancouver Police responded to the 13600 block of NE 67th Street for the report of a missing person, Mariah Gonzales, 22. A relative, who Mariah lives with, informed officers that she had not seen Mariah since August 5. It is not unusual for Mariah to leave for several days and Mariah did leave with a small bag. However, the time frame that she has been gone is longer than normal and she has not checked in since she left, which is also unusual. Mariah has some diminished mental capacity and takes regular medication, which has likely run out.

Mariah is a white female with long, dark brown hair, hazel eyes, 5'5", 150 lbs., with pierced ears and a tattoo of small stars on her upper chest. Her current clothing is unknown.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mariah Gonzales is asked to call 911.


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Vancouver Police Substitute PIO - 08/08/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Vancouver Police Department Public Information Coordinator Kim Kapp will be out of the office on Monday, August 11, 2014. Taking media calls that day will be Cmdr. Dave King who can be reached at (360) 487-7512, between 8am-5pm.

For urgent after-hour inquiries, please contact dispatch on the media line and request a call back from an on duty PIO. On duty PIOs will not have updates on any active investigations. All investigative updates are always sent out in the form of a media release.
Vancouver Police Investigate Single Vehicle Fatality Crash - 08/07/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On August 7, 2014, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a single vehicle crash at NE Burton Rd. /NE 28th Street. When emergency personnel arrived, they located a vehicle inside the fenced area of a utility substation. The driver, and lone occupant of the vehicle, Trina Wase, 44, was found outside the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Vancouver Police Traffic Unit is investigating and it appears that speed and alcohol are likely factors in the crash. No other vehicles were involved and there was only minor damage reported at the substation. The roadway was closed temporarily while emergency personnel were investigating.


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Missing Endangered Adult from La Center, WA. - 08/07/14
On behalf of the La Center Police Department:

The missing elderly man, Mr. Hirata, of La Center, WA. has been located safe.

The La Center Police Department would like to that the citizens of Clark County for their assistance in locating him.
Bike thefts increase; Vancouver Police offer tips to reduce this crime - 08/04/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Vancouver Police have taken an increased number of stolen bike reports over the past two months. Bikes are being stolen from both public and residential properties, primarily in west Vancouver. The Vancouver Police Department is encouraging bike owners to implement crime prevention to avoid becoming the victim of theft:

* Always lock up your bike whenever it's left unattended. Many bikes are stolen from residential property such as yards, porches and garages, from public property such as parks and schools, and from commercial property including store fronts. Leaving a bike for "just a minute" is enough of an invitation for a thief to steal.
* Not all locks are created equal. Lightweight cable or chain locks are easily cut and offer little protection. Use a quality lock and secure the bike to something sturdy that cannot easily be broken or moved.
* Consider registering your bike. In the event the bike is stolen, and later recovered by law enforcement, it can be returned. The Vancouver Police Department participates in the National Bike Registry. Bike owners and bicycle shops can learn more about registering a bike, as well as crime prevention tips at:


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Police Pursuit in Vancouver. - 08/04/14
On 08-03-14 at approximately 5:45 pm, a citizen called "911" to report that an adult male had thrown a child by an arm into a minivan. Location of occurrence was at 1800 block of Andresen Rd. Per the caller, the described van had immediately left the area.

Description of the suspect's minivan was broadcasted on the police radio channel. Patrol officers located the minivan traveling in area of I-5 Fwy and SR-500.

Patrol officers attempted to pull over the minivan. Driver of the vehicle refused to yield and continued driving S/B on the freeway.

Portland Police units responded to assist.

Shortly later, police units were then able to block the suspect's vehicle at Alberta St and I-5 Fwy's Southbound off-ramp.

Suspect was subsequently arrested for resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, and eluding a police vehicle.

Further investigation revealed that all occupants of the minivan ( including two young children ) were related to the suspect. It was found that the incident had started with a domestic dispute between suspect and his wife.

Arrested individual was identified as a thirty eight year old resident of Portland, OR. His name or names of any other involved citizens were not available for release at time of this report.
Traffic Collision Investigation in Vancouver - 08/04/14
On 08-03-14 at approximately 8:26 pm, Vancouver Police and ambulance units were dispatched to a call of "Traffic Collision, vehicle vs. bicyclist" at Norris Rd and NE 18th St intersection.

It was then confirmed that an SUV had collided with a bicyclist at or near above intersection. Involved bicyclist suffered serious injuries to his head and neck. He was transported to a local hospital and later listed to be in critical condition.

Further investigation revealed that driver of the SUV was under the influence of alcohol. Driver was arrested and processed for a DWI related criminal charge.

Driver was identified as twenty eight year old Nicholas Badger. Nicholas was a resident of Gresham, OR at time of this report.

Vancouver Police Department's Traffic Unit investigators responded to assist and processed the scene.

There is no further information on this incident available at this time.
Vancouver Police Pursuit - 08/01/14
Members of the Vancouver Police Department were involved in a pursuit with 35 year old Jeremy Cabe Macy today at approximately 1045 hours. This incident started when VPD Officers attempted to stop Macy and arrest him on Domestic Violence charges from the night before. During the traffic stop, Macy put his truck in reverse and rammed a Vancouver Police Corporal's marked police vehicle with the corporal still inside. Macy reversed with enough force to hit the police vehicle and then drive up on hood. Macy was taken into custody when he drove home to the 2700 block of NE 151st Avenue. No members of the general public were injured during the incident. Macy and the VPD Corporal were taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries. The Corporal was treated and released and Macy was later booked into jail for Assault 1, Attempt to Elude, DV Felony Harassment and DV Assault IV charges.
Prevent auto prowl, don't store valuables in vehicles - 07/23/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Do you know what your vehicle looks like to a thief? If you store valuables inside, it looks like a minute's worth of effort for a lot of free stuff. During summer months, parking lots near restaurants, trail heads, marinas, sports fields and other areas where vehicles are left unattended for periods of time are often frequented by auto prowlers looking for easy targets. These thieves will often work in teams, look for unsuspecting drivers who attempt to 'hide' a purse or wallet in their car or even the trunk. Once the driver moves away from the vehicle, the thief smashes the window, grabs the goods and makes a quick getaway with his buddy! Don't be fooled, thieves know all the "hiding" places. In addition to the damage caused to the vehicle, and the loss of property, identity theft and fraud often accompany this crime.

Protect your vehicle, your valuables and your identity. Don't store valuables in your vehicle!

Visit the Vancouver Police Department Auto Prowl Prevention page for the downloadable flyer and check out our auto prowl prevention video.


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