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Detectives scour property, drain well in search for missing WA woman

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WINLOCK, WA (KPTV) -

Tips about a Washington woman missing since 2010 led investigators to a property in Lewis County.

Deputies searched a location known as "The Farm" to people in Winlock, WA, after receiving several tips regarding Kayla Croft-Payne.

The tipsters said she had been killed and buried or thrown down a well at that site.

Washington State Patrol troopers said she disappeared April 20, 2010 from Napavine, WA.

This week, investigators were given permission to search the property on the 1500 block of Ferrier Road in Winlock.

Detectives spent more than 16 hours on Wednesday and Thursday digging through mounds of dirt and piles of garbage. They also obtained a pump from the county's public works department to drain a 35-foot well.

Detectives excavated another 20-foot well that had recently been filled with garbage and other debris. A neighbor helped out with his backhoe.

After two days, no new clues in Croft-Payne's disappearance were discovered.

"The detectives worked very hard and were extremely diligent and thorough in the process of searching this property," said Sheriff Steve Mansfield in a released statement. "This case has been troubling for our office and we still hope to find Kayla and bring closure to her family and friends."

She was 5'9" tall and 131 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. She would be 21 years old now.

If you know anything about this case, call the Lewis County Sheriff's Office at 360-748-9286 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-748-6422.

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