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Searchers find body of missing Vashon woman

India Castle

The King County Sheriffs Office reports that the search for a missing woman has ended. India Castle was found dead early Saturday afternoon in a shallow pond near the Vashon Airport .
The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of death as a criminal investigation, because of Castle’s age and the circumstances of her death.
The King County Sheriffs office had a search underway for the missing woman here on Vashon Island. When last seen she was wearing blue jeans and a brown sweater, November 12th in the evening, in the vicinity of the airport between 115th and Cove Road. Castle’s parents reported her missing on Friday evening. The pond where Castle was found was several hundred feet behind the home Castle was last seen at.
The operation included 75 to 100 people including search and rescue teams from King, Kitsap, Pierce and Thurston Counties.
Vashon Community Emergency Response Teams and Vashon Island Fire and Rescue were also in the search operation along with three horse teams and two dog teams. The Sheriffs helicopter searched overnight. A very methodical grid-by-grid search had been conducted.
Castle is the daughter of Carter and Debra Castle of Vashon Island. She graduated Vashon High School in 2003 and had been involved in theater productions and aerial arts on Vashon. She was near completion of her degree at The Evergreen State College. Carter Castle is a musician who is well known on the Island.
The Castle family also suffered a lose in 2004, when India’s younger brother, Dan Castle, died in a car accident on Bank Road. He was 17 years old
Vashon Allied Arts, where Carter Castle recently performed at, has set up a fund for the benefit of India Castle Family at US Bank. People may contact any US Bank and make contributions to: India Castle Family Benefit Fund.
Checks may also be dropped off at Vashon Allied Arts.