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2 charged in disappearance of Bonney Lake teen

Police continue to look for 15-year-old Lily Christopherson.

TACOMA, Wash. -- New details are surfacing about a second person arrested in the disappearance of a 15-year-old Bonney Lake teen.

Lily Christopherson is still missing, but now a female accomplice has been charged in her case. This comes on the heels of the arrest of the main man police were after.

Christopher Fitzpatrick, 39, a registered sex offender, was arrested on Saturday. Police and U.S. Marshals tracked him to a home in Lakewood. But Lily wasn't there. We still don't know where she is and whether she's okay missing three weeks now.

Charging papers say Fitzpatrick and Maria Counts, 29, ran into Lily after she ran away from home and went to the Federal Way transit center.

"It kind of confirmed what my gut had been telling me that my baby is in danger out there," said her mother Lena Winters.

Court documents say Fitzpatrick and Counts took the Christopherson all over a wide area the last few weeks from Federal Way to Tacoma, Lakewood and Tenino in Thurston County and back.

The girl's family and friends continue to search for her with fliers going up in Fife, Federal Way and Lakewood.

Police on Sunday said there have been confirmed sightings of Christopherson in the Tacoma area.

Volunteer searcher David Munari said the 7-11 store in Lakewood, near where Fitzpatrick was arrested, is the last place Lily was seen on Saturday.

"Originally we were 19 days behind her. Now we're just 24-48 hours behind her path," Munari said,

There has been no sign of Lily since last weekend, but with the two people in jail, Munari believes she would have no way to get around.

"Which leads us to believe she's still in this vicinity," he said.

Tuesday evening, the Pierce County Sheriff's office said Fitzpatrick tried to hang himself in the jail shower. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation, but is expected to survive.

Fitzpatrick and Counts have been charged with multiple crimes linked to the disappearance including trafficking and kidnapping. The judge said these are serious, felony charges and ordered Counts held on $500,000 bail and Fitzpatrick on $2 million bail.

Police ask that if you know where she is, please call 911 or U.S. Marshals Service hotline at 206-370-8600 or after hours at 206-370-8690.






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