Sheriff’s deputies have found a van owned by a missing Anacortes man presumed murdered.

Someone saw the van and alerted the Sheriff’s Office, said Chief Criminal Deputy Don McDermott.

The body of 69-year-old Dean Jackson had not been found as of Saturday night. The Sheriff’s Office could give no further updates Monday.

A 24-year-old woman from the Anacortes area is in Skagit County Jail on $1 million bail on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with Jackson’s disappearance. She also is being investigated on seven counts of second-degree identity theft connected to Jackson, who has been missing since at least Feb. 16.

“We are confident he’s met with foul play,” Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichardt told the Skagit Valley Herald on Friday.

The woman allegedly committed a crime leading to Jackson’s death between Feb. 8 and Feb. 16, according to a magistrate’s warrant filed Friday.

She is being investigated for six identity-theft crimes between Feb. 9 and 11, and another between Feb. 9 and 19, according to the warrant.

Authorities can hold her in jail for 30 days while they investigate the case, according to the warrant.

Anyone with information on Jackson’s whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office.

Staff writer Kate Martin contributed to this report.

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