The King County, Washington, Sheriff's Office has intensified its search for a Maple Valley teen missing since Friday.

Giovanna "Gia" Fuda, 18, was last seen by her brother Friday morning, July 24, carrying belongings to her car.

Gia’s family said she just graduated from Tahoma High School. She was active in her church youth group, positive and had a lot of friends, so this disappearance is very unsettling.

On Saturday night Gia’s Silver Toyota Corolla was found abandoned on the side of Highway 2 near Stevens Pass.

The King County Sheriff’s Office reported her car had run out of gas, and her purse was still inside. Her phone has not been found but it’s either dead or turned off.

A red sweatshirt she was last seen wearing was located in the car, so it is believed she was wearing a grey t-shirt when she disappeared.


A security cam at a station she stopped at on Saturday captured the last known photos of Gia Fuda before her silver Toyota was found Saturday evening, out of gas and abandoned.

The King County Sheriff’s Office, who have categorized her disappearance as suspicious, believe she may have been travelling to eastern Washington. Her image was captured on security camera, but not where her car was found. 

Search and rescue teams have scoured the area around where she ran out of fuel with K-9s, but have found no trace of her.

Highway 2 extends from Everett to Newport, Washington, into Bonner and Boundary Counties, Idaho, and through Lincoln County, Montana.

They are asking anybody who drove on Highway 2 near Stevens Pass between 10 a.m. Friday, July 23, and 6 p.m. Saturday, July 24, who may have noticed anything suspicious or who has dash camera video to contact their non-emergency line at (206) 296-3311, or call

Gia is five feet, four inches tall, weighs about 165 pounds and has long brown hair and brown eyes.


Gia's car was found abandoned off the eastbound lane of Highway 2 east of Index, Washington.


Mike Weland has been a journalist since serving as battalion Hometown News specialist in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division beginning in 1979. He is publisher, editor and reporter at KootenaiValleyTimes.com, which he launched in March, 2018.

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