Search for missing Bellingham resident Brad Hale continues

Family and friends working tirelessly to locate Brad

October 12, 2016 - by Lt. Bob Vander Yacht

​Bellingham (WA) On October 1 of 2016 Bradley J Hale, a 35 year old Bellingham resident, departed from his home in a panicked state.  On October 2nd he spoke with his wife via cell phone stating that he was lost in the woods.  His car was located in the parking lot of the Shell station at North Lake Samish and his cell phone signal appeared to be coming from the area near The Plantation Rifle Range.

Since October 2nd several searches of the forested areas in this region have been completed.  Whatcom County Search and Rescue has taken search crews into the area on at least two occasions.  Many of Brad's family, friends and acquaintances have also searched a broad amount of the region.

Brad is 6 feet tall and very slim.  He has short brown hair and may be wearing glasses.  He reportedly was wearing a Carhartt jacket, blue jeans and black and white Adidas when he was last seen.

Social media has been of great use in sending out information and photos of Brad.  A Facebook page has been specifically built.  Go to Facebook and query “Missing Brad Hale”.  Visit the Bellingham Police Department Facebook page to see photos of Brad.

Importantly, if you believe that you have just seen Brad please dial 911.  Do not leave a time sensitive message on either Facebook page as it may not be seen until a much later time.

If you believe that you have non-exigent information that can assist in this investigation please call Detective Dykstra at 360-778-8664.

Tips related to this investigation can be submitted on-line at or you can call 360-778-8611.

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​Lieutenant Bob Vander Yacht
Bellingham Police Department
Public Information Officer

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