Investigators knew Judith Bello was having problems with her husband and viewed her disappearance as suspicious because she was close with her family and it seemed unlikely that she would leave her little boy.
With little to go one however, the case quickly went cold, until this week when a woman claiming to be Judith called sheriffs this week.
The woman told Snohomish County sheriff's detective Kelly Willoth that she had seen her profile on the sheriff's web site.
Since receiving the call, detectives worked to confirm the caller's identity and through several conversations with her family, along with other evidence, investigators now believe she is alive.
But investigators don't know why she didn't contact her family or the sheriff's office until now.
Willoth told the Herald: "This case shows that "there are a lot of reasons why people go missing, and not all of them are bad. Sometimes people just don't want to be found."