Austin Dominique Fuda

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Above Images: Austin, circa 2012

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 7, 2008 from Auburn, Washington
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: February 21, 1995
  • Age: 13 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 100 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Austin was last seen in the 29800 block of Green River Road southeast in Auburn, Washington at 8:30 a.m. on November 7, 2008. He and his two-year-old cousin, Hunter Beaupre, were passengers in a 2001 Volkswagen Beetle driven by Austin's sixteen-year-old stepsister. It was raining that day and Austin's stepsister lost control of the car and swerved into oncoming traffic, down an embankment and into the Green River, which was rain-swollen and moving fast. The girl was able to get out and swim to safety, but the Volkswagen quickly sank and she was unable to rescue the two boys.

    Divers located the Volkswagen and pulled it out of the river a few days after the accident. Hunter's body was inside it, still buckled into his car seat. A photo of him is posted below this case summary. Austin's body could not be located.

    In 2012, more than three years after the accident, Austin's parents filed a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit against Auburn and King County, saying the road was "wrongfully, negligently and deceptively designed, constructed and maintained." The outcome of the lawsuit is unknown. Austin's remains have never been found, but he is presumed drowned.

    Hunter Beaupre
    Above: Hunter Beaupre

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    King County Sheriff's Office
    206-263-2080

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    KOMO News
    The Seattle Times
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 25, 2013; casefile added.

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