FBI looks for cases that may be tied to kidnappings
- Jennifer Anderson
- Portland Tribune - News
Authorities are working with 1,800 leads in the search for Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis, two 13-year-old girls from Oregon City who disappeared.
The girls' Gardiner Middle School dance team held a fund-raiser last weekend, collecting about $5,000 to aid in the search. Ashley Pond has been missing since Jan. 9; Miranda Gaddis disappeared March 8. Both girls were last seen by their mothers before leaving to catch a bus to school outside their apartment complex.
The FBI said that the girls' disappearances were linked and that they were most likely kidnapped. Agents said they have no reason to believe that the girls are dead.
FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele said investigators are looking at possible links with other cases across the country, but as of Monday morning they had no confirmed links.
National publicity has garnered many leads, including 45 tips from a repeat segment on Fox Television's 'America's Most Wanted' during the weekend.
Rewards for information leading to the suspects' arrest or a safe return include: $50,000 from the FBI, $10,000 from the Oregon City Police Department and $5,000 from the Newell Creek Village apartment complex where both girls live.
Anyone with information should call 1-800-822-0962 or write to: Find Our Kids, P.O. Box 1705, Oregon City, OR 97045.