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Washington Mother Disappears After Posting, 'If I Ever Go Missing ... Know I Didn't Leave'

"I'm praying, but it doesn't look good," said an aunt of Mikayla Standridge, a 25-year-old Washington state mom who vanished after placing a 911 call for help, in which she was heard screaming.

By Gina Salamone
A personal photo of Mikayla Standridge

The family of a missing Washington state mom has called attention to a mysterious message the woman apparently posted on social media just days before disappearing.

Mikayla Standridge, 25, vanished on April 21 after placing a 911 call just after 5 a.m. from the area of Skagit View Drive near the town of Concrete, the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release obtained by Oxygen.com. "Mikayla was known to be at a house in the area overnight the previous night," the department stated. "During the 911 call, a female caller was heard screaming and requested help."

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Deputies who arrived on the scene where the call came from checked the area, but couldn't find anyone that needed help. The missing woman's aunt, Mardi Martone, told the Cascadia Daily News that Standridge's phone went dead while making the 911 call.

“I’m praying but it doesn't look good,” Martone told the newspaper.

The concerned aunt also shared on Facebook a screenshot of a disturbing message that looks to have been posted by Standridge on April 16, just five days before she was last seen. It reads, "If I ever go missing or anything just know I didn't leave."

A personal photo of Mikayla Standridge

Martone said her niece is the mom of a toddler-aged boy named Madden. 

“She always wants to laugh,” Martone told the Cascadia Daily News. “Always wants to help people. She’ll call you out of the blue just to say hi. She wasn't given a big chance in life. Had a really rough life. Her parents checked out on her. It’s been two aunts and grandparents raising her. She’s a beautiful girl and ran into the wrong people.”

Detectives searched the property of the home where Standridge was staying and interviewed those who live there. The sheriff's office added that Skagit County Search and Rescue teams have also searched the area.

Police stated that Standridge's phone was found near the Skagit River in the area where she called police. The sheriff’s office has been searching the river using boats, drones, and a helicopter and has vowed to continue to investigate.

“So, the river presents weird challenges for us," Skagit County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jeff Willard said, according to Seattle-based TV station KIRO 7. "We have specific equipment designed to navigate the river to look for people, to find people. And we are going to use all of those assets on this search."

Standridge's family and friends have also been holding searches around the area. 

“We just want you to know that you are loved. Very, very much,” Martone said, according to KIRO 7. "We just want you to come home. We love you. I want you to know that. Don’t let anybody keep you from your family."

Another aunt, Angela Anderson, said, "It’s just been a horrible nightmare our family has gone through."

The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office said the incident is being investigated as a missing persons case. "We appreciate the community’s concern in this matter," Chief Criminal Deputy Tobin Meyer said in a statement. "Our detectives will take the necessary steps to conduct a thorough investigation using the tools, facts, and evidence at our disposal.”

The sheriff’s office added that it's in regular contact with the missing woman's family, including her mom and dad.

A missing person's poster for Standridge describes her as weighing about 100 pounds, and having blue eyes with blonde and pink hair. 

Anyone with any info in the case is asked to contact the Skagit County Sheriff's Office at 360-416-1911.

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