Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Betty Tews was 81 and medically fragile when she went missing sometime prior to June 21, 2011. Tews’ relatives on the mainland reported her missing in June 2011 after they hadn’t heard from her in a couple of weeks.
Officers searched her home, cars, garage and computers, but they never found any evidence.
She is presumed to be dead, but her body was never found.
Detectives long suspected that her son, Raymond Willey, was involved in her disappearance. Willey was living with his mother on and off after her husband died. Tews had sought a protection order against him, claiming he pointed a gun at her head on one occasion. He was evasive when a deputy asked about his mother’s whereabouts and then suddenly moved to California. Willey was also charged with assault for allegedly stabbing a man in the head. According to the police report, Willey attacked the man in his car Feb. 18, 2011, in Oak Harbor, apparently because he was upset with Tews after getting off the phone with her.
Willey died in January 2016, from natural causes.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Island County Sheriff's Office
Whidbey News Times