Police discover additional information in search for Jennifer Huston
- Katy Sword
- Portland Tribune - News
Missing Dundee woman also stopped at Rite-Aid Thursday evening before disappearing; police will conduct search Wednesday
UPDATE: The family of Jennifer Huston organized a search effort Wednesday via private helicopter, flying over Wilsonville Road and the Willamette River.
The Yamhill County Sheriffs Office also searched the Willamette River from Wilsonville to the mouth of the Yamhill River, near Dayton.
This was a visual check looking for areas where a vehicle may have gone into the water or for an oil sheen on top of the water, according to a YCSO press release.
Roadways in Gaston and Bald Peak have also been checked as well.Police sent out an updated bulletin asking for law enforcement agencies in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California and Alaska to be on the lookout for Hustons vehicle.
Local law enforcement will conduct additional aerial searches Thursday and Friday covering the west and central section of Yamhill County.The family has started a GoFundMe account seeking donations for searches such as the private helicopter and a reward fund. The account can be found at www.gofundme.com/find-jennifer-huston.
As the search for missing Dundee resident Jennifer Huston continues, Newberg-Dundee Police detectives learned additional information about Hustons disappearance Thursday.
Huston, 38, went missing after leaving her home at 5:45 p.m. and going to Newberg to run errands, according to her husband Kallen Huston.
After stopping for gas at a Circle K store near Portland and Springbrook roads, detectives discovered surveillance footage showing Huston also stopping at Rite-Aid where she purchased Gatorade, a package of trail mix and over-the-counter sleep aid pills. NDPD Capt. Jeff Kosmicki said the pills were not a lethal dosage.
The description of what she was last seen wearing was also inaccurate. Huston was wearing black yoga pants and dark pink and black Nike tennis shoes, but her top is lime green with a gray zip-up sweatshirt.
Kallen Huston has continued to be cooperative in the investigation, according to a NDPD press release, including passing a polygraph examination.
Additional information about the vehicle Huston was last seen driving has also been released. Her 1999 Lexus LX-470, dark green, can travel approximately 300 to 350 miles on a full tank of gas. Officials said she has many favorite places within that range of Newberg she enjoyed visiting with her family. There is also a U shaped crack in the windshield on the passenger side and a Yakima ski rack mounted on the SUVs roof.
Detectives are still considering Huston's disappearance as a missing persons case with no known criminal nexus, but are leaving all options open.
Social media continues to play a role in the search for Huston, with the Facebook page Find Jennifer Huston garnering more than 35,000 likes since it was created Friday. There have been multiple community efforts searching for Huston and her vehicle, many of which have been organized through community Facebook pages, including the Newberg-Dundee Citizens Info Group page. Residents have been listing places theyve searched on posts as a virtual checklist, and organized a group search Tuesday evening on Wilsonville Road as well as the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in Sherwood, Champoeg State Heritage Area and Bald Peak State Park. Those interested in joining local searches can visit the page at www.facebook.com/groups/ndpdcitizenswatch/.
Local law enforcement will now conduct an official search sometime today with the help of the Yamhill County Sherriffs Office.
Any tips or leads should be directed to the NDPD by calling 503-537-1246.