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Sammons’ whereabouts remain a mystery

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Kathie Sammons, a suspect in a case involving the embezzlement of $675,000 from the Whitefish Credit Union in June, is not in custody, Polson Police Detective Alan Booth confirmed on Tuesday. 

According to several Lake County Sheriff’s deputies and Polson police officers, the investigation is now under the authority of the FBI in Kalispell.

Typically, the Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn’t detain an individual suspected of a white-collar crime prior to the indictment, Booth explained. 

Shortly following Sammons’ disappearance on the morning of June 24, auditors arrived at Whitefish Credit Union and discovered $675,000 missing from the vault. Meanwhile, Sammons’ colleague led authorities to her vehicle. The 2007 blue Suburban was parked outside of a vacant Pablo residence. Inside the vehicle, authorities found Sammons’ purse containing 11 credit cards and her driver’s license.

Sammons’ disappearance and the missing money led the Lake County Attorney’s Office to file a criminal affidavit. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office retracted Sammons’ missing person classification on June 29, after she had contacted her family several times. Soon thereafter, the county attorney retracted the criminal affidavit.

When contacted on Tuesday, Susan Phillips in the Kalispell FBI office said the FBI could neither deny nor confirm their involvement in the case. 

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