News Release

Puyallup Tribe

Two weeks after he disappeared, family members and friends are still looking for Arron Garcia.

The 49-year-old Puyallup Tribal member and longtime Tribal government employee has been missing since Aug. 1. In the past week, Tribal government has put more resources into the search. Tribal Police detectives are assigned to the case, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington State Patrol and Tribal agencies in the state are assisting.

“I grew up with Arron, and I’m concerned,” said James Miles, a Tribal member the family asked to serve as their spokesman. “It’s not like him to miss work or not talk with his family.”

Friends and family gathered Saturday morning in Portland Avenue Park in Tacoma and blanketed the area with fliers and signs in the hope that someone might have information about his whereabouts. Anyone who wishes to help may contact Miles at (253) 370-0410 or

Garcia is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs about 240 pounds, and has the Puyallup salmon tattooed on his left forearm. He was last seen with shoulder-length brown hair that he might wear in a braid. He drives a black 2016 Jeep Patriot with license plate No. BMH0705.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Puyallup Tribal Police at (253) 680-5656 or dial 911.

“Our councilmembers’ thoughts and prayers are with Arron’s family and friends and co-workers,” said Bill Sterud, chairman of the Puyallup Tribal Council. “The Tribe is a family, and right now one of our family members is missing. We need to pull together and find him.”

About the Puyallup Tribe of Indians

The Puyallup People have lived along the shores of what is now called Puget Sound since time immemorial. The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is a sovereign nation of more than 5,000 members and one of the largest employers in Pierce County. It serves its people and neighbors with generosity and is committed to building a sustainable way of life for future generations. 

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About the Puyallup Tribal Council

The Puyallup Tribal Council is the elected governing body of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. The council consists of Chairman Bill Sterud, Vice Chairwoman Sylvia Miller, David Z. Bean, Annette Bryan, James Rideout, Anna Bean, and Monica Miller.

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