Desperate brother searching for his missing sister Loghan Starbuck


Loghan Starbuck, 25, was last seen on December 18, 2021 in Cheney, Washington.

His older brother, Blake, told Dateline that Loghan is very driven. “She won’t take no for an answer,” he said.

Loghan StarbuckBlake Starbuck

Loghan is on the autism spectrum and currently has a caretaker, but was keen to become independent. A few months before his disappearance, Loghan moved into his own apartment in Cheney. “It was one of her long-time goals — she wanted her own place, she wanted her own apartment,” Blake said. “I helped her move in all her things. You know, I brought a sofa, I gave him a television. I was with her for a bit, just helping her, situating her.

Another goal, Blake said, was that she wanted to be able to drive herself. Blake said Loghan was always told she could never get a driver’s license, but she paid herself to take driver’s training several times until she finally passed. Although the Starbuck family would have preferred Loghan to continue taking public transportation, Blake said his sister eventually saved up enough money and bought a car from a friend of hers. “She bought herself a car, a Ford Taurus,” Blake said. “And it was her – it was her baby.”

Blake told Dateline that Loghan went through a tough time before his disappearance. She had been dealing with a breakup and had her driver’s license suspended because she had had a few hiccups and an insurance company was looking to get around $4,000 from her.

Blake said that after getting his own apartment, Loghan quickly ran out of money. “I was always there to help him with that side,” Blake told Dateline. “I paid him the last two months – and utilities in December, trying to help him.”

Blake mentioned that Loghan’s car was in the shop, then a few days after he picked it up, a tire blew. Without a car and with a suspended license, Loghan lost his job at Amazon in November. According to Blake, Loghan tried to handle the situation on her own. “She tried to call the 1-800 number to get HR,” Blake said, “but couldn’t reach them to explain why she wasn’t coming to work. And she ended up losing that job.

December is not an easy month for the children of Starbuck. Their mother, Chanin Starbuck, was found murdered in December 2011. Her ex-husband, their father Clay, was convicted of her murder in 2013. Dateline reported on the Starbuck case later that year in a episode titled “A Cold December Morning”.

Loghan Starbuck, 2013

Both Loghan and Blake were interviewed in the episode. Clay Starbuck has always maintained his innocence and his five children have always supported him. In June 2021, Spokane Superior Court Judge Julie McKay granted Starbuck’s motion to have additional DNA testing performed as part of her effort to have her conviction overturned.

The breakup, the car, the job, and the 10th anniversary of their mother’s murder. “There’s, you know, these things that were kinda on his mind,” Blake told Dateline. “She was like, you know, ‘Why is all this happening to me?'”

On December 18, 2021, Loghan boarded a bus in Cheney and headed for downtown Spokane. “It looks like she was alone,” Blake said. “It was when it was around 8-10 degrees. She was wearing shorts. She had no bag with her.

Loghan Starbuck boards the bus from Cheney to Spokane, Washington

Capt. Nathan Conley of the Cheney Police Department told Dateline “the 17th is listed as one of the dates that anyone last saw Loghan.” Conley added that the police report indicates that Loghan was seen at a bus stop in Cheney on December 18. “They determined, I think, that Loghan took the bus to Spokane,” he said. “I think they were able to determine that from the bus surveillance.”

Blake told Dateline that the next day in Spokane, some tourists found a beanie with a phone, wallet, headphones and house keys sitting inside. They returned the items to a local tourist shop, which Blake said then turned the items over to the police.

“I had texted her on the 16th…because I knew she was out of money and asked her about her rental plans,” Blake told Dateline. “And I never – I never got a text message.”

Blake said Loghan spoke to his caretaker on Friday, Dec. 17, and the two plan to go somewhere together on Monday, Dec. 20. Blake told Dateline that on Sunday, Dec. 19, the Guardian called him and told him they couldn’t reach Loghan to confirm the meeting the next day.

According to Blake, the caretaker went to Loghan’s apartment that Monday to see if she might be there. Blake said the caretaker then called him and told him Loghan’s car was there with snow on it and all the lights in his apartment were off. Blake said he also went to check on Loghan’s apartment a few times, but she didn’t answer the door and he didn’t see her through the windows.

Loghan Starbuck with his older brother, Blake at his graduationBlake Starbuck

On Tuesday, December 21, Blake asked someone from the apartment complex’s maintenance department to open Loghan’s apartment. “I’ve been there and no sign of anything,” he said. “I left a note for Loghan.”

Blake said he went to the Cheney Police Department and filed a missing person report the next day.

Captain Conley told Dateline that Cheney police were not aware of any banking or social media activity by Loghan after his last visit, but confirmed they searched Logan’s apartment and his phone. portable. He did not elaborate further.

Blake told Dateline the family organized a search and rescue dog team to go looking for Loghan on Dec. 27, 2021. Dateline contacted Misty Wegner, a volunteer K9 handler with the search and rescue team Steven County K9. “We have very strict standards. We have to certify with dogs every year to two years, depending on the given discipline,” Misty said.

“I knew the area where his items were found, because the cops told me, but I didn’t know the exact location,” Blake told Dateline. “I scavenged items from Loghan’s apartment, you know, for the dogs to smell and the dog picked up his scent.”

Misty has three multi-purpose dogs and helped find Loghan herself. “We got a fragrance post and started in downtown Spokane,” Misty told Dateline. “We started walking towards the river, we had tried to go up the river, under the falls, just in case it got into the water and was pushed down.”

It’s well below zero in Spokane and “the river is very rough right now,” Blake told Dateline. “I tried several times to get divers in there.”

Blake also told Dateline that there is a hydroelectric plant on the river with intake turbines that take water and turn it into electricity. “They basically have a grid, so you’re not sucking up rocks and sticks and stuff like that,” Blake said. “A lot of times bodies are found in these grids. And they check them about every week. And they didn’t find anything there.

Misty told Dateline that “the dogs had no interest there, so we moved to the bridge area.”

Blake said there were about 70 yards between where the dog picked up Loghan’s scent and what he said was the exact spot where the tourists found the items belonging to Loghan.

Unfortunately, Misty told Dateline, the dogs reported that the location where Loghan’s belongings were found was the end of the scent trail, and that “it was nine days after the fact. The smell is only viable for a while.

Since there have been no confirmed sightings of Loghan, Misty told Dateline that they weren’t able to run their dogs anymore. “We have to have a point of contact,” Misty said. “We need a place last seen, or the last known place where she was.”

As the weather gets warmer, Misty hopes her team can get the dogs out again to try and find Loghan.

In October of last year, Loghan started taking testosterone to start the transition, Blake told Dateline. He remembers having a conversation about it with her at Thanksgiving. “She kind of opened up with me about it,” he said. “His plan was to have surgery.”

Blake said he supports Loghan’s decision, but will continue to refer to her as female during her disappearance, so as not to confuse people who may be keeping their eyes open for his sister. He wants audiences to be on the lookout for Loghan as she currently appears. “It’s been, you know, two months now. We need the audience to understand that when you see her, she will look like a woman, not a man,” Blake said.

Loghan StarbuckBlake Starbuck

Blake told Dateline that Loghan is 5’3″ tall and weighs about 140 pounds. She has very short dark brown hair, about two inches long. Loghan also has snakebite piercings on her lower lip, a nose piercing and several piercings in each of his ears. Blake also mentioned that Loghan has a few tattoos: a sleeve on his left arm that goes up to the elbow on the inside of the arm and up to the shoulder at the outside of her arm and a cross on her shoulder blade.”It’s like a memorial to our mother and it says Chanin Conway,” Blake told Dateline.

The Cheney Police Department is the lead investigating agency at this time, but Capt. Conley told Dateline that after determining Loghan traveled to Spokane on the bus, “Spokane police have been involved at least to some extent”.

Captain Conley confirmed that authorities have conducted interviews with Loghan’s family, friends and former colleagues, but they have no persons of interest or suspects in the case. He added that authorities do not suspect foul play at this time.

Blake told Dateline that the Starbuck family is offering a $3,000 reward for information on Loghan’s whereabouts.

If you have any information that can help bring Loghan home, please contact the Cheney Police Department at (509) 535-9233.


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