By Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
10:54 am update.
The suspect in the Machias area search is believed to be 29-year-old Christopher Alan Zellner, a non-compliant registered Level 1 sex offender.
Zellner has fled the area deputies were searching in a stolen white 1998 Dodge Caravan (AML0906).
Anyone who sees the suspect or the vehicle is asked to call 911 immediately.
Sheriff’s deputies and a K9 unit are currently searching the area near the 16400 block of 14th Street NE for a suspect that was reportedly trespassing on property.
A property owner in the area called 911 around 9:15 am to report finding a nude male in his 20’s hiding on the property.
Deputies believe they know the identity of the man, who in the past has been armed when confronted by law enforcement.
Machias Elementary has been placed on lockdown as a safety precaution.
No roads are closed, but the public is asked to avoid the area. No additional information is available.