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Detectives Searching For Missing Man After Friend Receives Cryptic Text

SPD detectives are asking for the public’s help locating a missing man who sent his friend a cryptic text before disappearing earlier this month.

Richard Arneson’s friends and family became concerned about his well-being after he failed to show up for work on February 5th. A friend went to check on the 62-year-old at his West Seattle apartment and found the back door open.  Officers checked inside Arneson’s home and didn’t find any sign of him, or any indications of foul play.


Later in the day, the friend contacted police again after she received a text message from Arneson, which read “my luck has run out.”

Police have not yet been able to locate Arneson, who has been known to frequent walking trails in West Seattle and Rainier Valley.

If you have seen him or have any other information in this case, please call Detectives Elizabeth Litalien at (206) 684-5007.