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St. Helens woman still missing

Police have exhausted all leads, Lt. Terry Moss says


by: COURTESY OF ST. HELENS POLICE DEPARTMENT - Paan-SaephanA woman who disappeared from a residential mental health facility in St. Helens more than a month ago is still missing.

St. Helens Police Lt. Terry Moss said investigators have exhausted all their leads.

“There are no new leads,” he said. “We’ve run every lead down that we can.”

Lynn Paan-Saephan, 29, left few clues when she disappeared from Cornerstone in St. Helens Jan. 22. She appears to have taken only the clothes she was wearing at the time and police have not seen any bank or e-mail activity from her since.

In many missing person cases, police will see evidence of activity. A man who goes missing in Oregon might record a charge to his credit card in Arizona weeks later. But in this case, “all that stuff has come to a complete halt,” Moss said. “We have no activity from her at all.”

To complicate the case further, Paan-Saephan has a history of mental illness, including delusions. Adding this fact to the lack of recent activity, investigators must consider a “grimmer possibility,” Moss said, including the potential she may have committed suicide.

Paan-Saephan is Asian. She stands 5’5” tall and weighs about 110 pounds. She may be wearing gray sweat pants, a tan long-sleeved sweatshirt and high heeled shoes. To report any information about her whereabouts, contact the St. Helens Police Department at 503-397-3333 or 503-397-1521.