Since his daring Halloween night escape and despite several sightings by citizens, the Edmonds Troll continues to elude police efforts to recapture him.
“We were not surprised to learn of his breakout. The old jail is not what it used to be, and for a troll of his size, we were not positive it could hold him,” said Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Shane Hawley. “Our officers are on the lookout for him, but he’s very elusive.
“We wish we could provide the public with more information about his identity, but there was no record of him at the Nordic Mythology Museum where we sent his prints,” Hawley continued. “He remains an unidentified troll at this point. What he is doing in this area is still a mystery.”
In the hours following his escape, the troll was spotted lurking around the Edmonds Center for the Arts. ECA Manager Tina Baumgardner encountered him last Thursday loitering near the north ECA entrance just prior to the sold-out performance by the Capitol Steps.
“I didn’t recognize him at first, and just assumed he was trying to scam a ticket for the performance,” she said. “I was concerned he might scare off our customers, so I chased him away. Should have turned him in, I guess.”
As the first tangible lead in the case, Edmonds police are hoping this will help them find the troll.
“Now that we know he’s into the arts, we can start focusing our patrol efforts around those areas in hopes of catching him,” said Hawley.
— By Larry Vogel