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"Jailer disappears, temporarily"

"An Island County Sheriff's corrections deputy who inexplicably didn't show up for work at the county jail and spawned a day-long search across the county will have to get an OK from the department psychologist before he can return to work.Island County Sheriff Mike Hawley said that Corrections Deputy Duwayne Evans, 46, is currently on administrative leave. Hawley said Evans will remain on leave while he gets a fitness for duty evaluation from the department psychologist.It's standard procedure for cases involving policy violations of this kind, Hawley said.The Sheriff's Office put out a bulletin Nov. 21 after Evans didn't show up for work and his family did not know where he was. Hawley said the department was especially worried because his absense was so uncharacteristic of the nine-year employee. Our biggest concern was that Duwayne was always such a reliable person, Hawley said.Commander Russ Lindner said that Evans' disappearance was treated as a standard missing persons case. He says these cases are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and the response depends on how unusual or suspicious the disappearance is. Lindner interviewed family and friends to find out any information about his whereabouts. Reserve deputies were called in. Lindner said a total of 12 units combed the highways and byways of the county to make sure Evans wasn't in a ditch somewhere.Evans was located on the Washington coast, in Ocean Shores, the next morning through a trace of credit card information. Lindner said he quickly faxed information and a photo of Evans to the Ocean Shores Police Department after he learned that a purchase had been made on Evans' credit card in the city.A police lieutenant recognized Evans, who was driving his 2000 Ford Ranger pickup, and spoke to him. Evans told the policeman he was fine and he was heading back to Whidbey, which he did.Yet exactly why Evans disappeared is still not clear. Hawley said he heard third-hand that the corrections deputy went to the Washington coast to watch the sunset. He also heard that Evans is embarrassed about the whole situation and never intended to cause such a ruckus.Within the Sheriff's Office, Chief Civil Deputy Jan Smith said there's been an outpouring of concern for the well-liked corrections deputy.He's a valued employee and we support him and his family, she said.Evans declined comment for this story. "

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