On September 29, county undersheriff Jeff Parks issued a press release seeking more information on Lovelady’s disappearance.
Lovelady was last seen on October 5, 2013. At the time of his disappearance, Lovelady, then 38, was gathering pine cones with his family near the Elbow Lake trailhead in the Mt. Baker foothills, according to Lovelady’s mother. After searching for about four hours, the family called the sheriff to help with the search. Volunteers searched throughout the night October 5 and all day October 6, but were unable to find any sign of him. The site is near the Nooksack River and Walnick Creek, both of which were flowing fast at the time of Lovelady’s disappearance.
At the time of the disappearance, Parks said Lovelady was carrying a 3-gallon white plastic bucket for pine cones. Searchers found no sign of the bucket.
“It’s kind of a strange one,” Parks told the Bellingham Herald in 2013. “They searched extensively but there was no indication he was there.”
Lovelady is described as 5’9″ tall, around 180 lbs., with brown hair and green eyes. At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing light green shorts, a red and black flannel shirt and ankle-high brown work boots.
Parks said his department has maintained contact with the family since the disappearance. According to the sheriff’s office, no one in the family is a suspect.
If anyone has information regarding Lovelady’s disappearance, contact detective Steve Roff at 360/778-6633.