Washington Police Issue Amber Alert for 12-Year-Old Girl

Washington Police questioned a neighbor in the disappearance of a 12-year-old girl from Tacoma, reported t

Mark Fulghum, spokesman for the Tacoma Police Department, said the man has been ruled out as a suspect in the vanishing of Zina Linnik after an interview with authorities prompted by information from Linnik's family, according to NewsTribune.com of Tacoma.

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State authorities issued an Amber Alert for Linnik, who was last seen around 9:45 p.m. on July 4, in an alley behind her house, Tacoma police said.

Witnesses reported hearing a scream and seeing a man get into an older, gray van and drive away.

Police said the driver of the van might or might not have been an Asian male as he was described earlier by police.

A family member who saw the van speed away in the alley only saw the side of the van, and didn’t get a good look at the driver in the dark, Fulghum told NewsTribune.com

Linnik is described as a blonde, 4-foot-11-inch-tall Ukrainian girl. She weighs 80 pounds and was reportedly wearing a pink T-shirt, capri pants and red flip-flop sandals at the time of her disappearance.

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The van's partial Washington plate contains the numbers 1677.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tacoma police at 253-591-5963.