Dundee mom’s disappearance ‘very uncharacteristic’

Jennifer Huston last seen filling her SUV at a Newberg gas station

DUNDEE, Ore. (KOIN 6) —The mysterious disappearance of a Dundee mother of two last seen at a gas station on July 24 has attracted many leads, none of which have yet led authorities to find her.

Jennifer Huston, 38, was last seen Thursday filling up her 1999 Lexus SUV’s gas tank at a Circle K in Newberg. Huston, who has two children, has no mental illness and wouldn’t leave without warning, according to her husband.

Jennifer Huston, 38, has been missing since July 24, 2014 from the Dundee area (Undated courtesy photo)
Jennifer Huston, 38, has been missing since July 24, 2014 from the Dundee area (Undated courtesy photo)

Monday afternoon, the Newberg-Dundee police said five detectives have been working the case since Friday morning. They said they are treating this as a missing person case.

“As of this time,” authorities said in the release, “there is no known criminal nexus to this case nor is there any known threat to the public.”

News conference

Later in the afternoon, Capt. Jeff Kosmicki of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department said investigators have obtained surveillance video of her getting “a small amount” of money from a bank, which authorities later identified as the Oregon First Community Credit Union, around 6 p.m. before heading to the gas station.

Her cell phone was turned off around 6:35 p.m., police said.

They continued to characterize this as a missing person case.

“We’re following up on all the leads we’re getting,” Kosmicki said, and added that there have been many tips. “We’re following up on all the leads we can, and all the ones we can prove or disprove.”

Kallen Huston, her husband, said at the news conference Jennifer had been suffering for three straight days from a headache. “It wasn’t debilitating,” he said, but both thought it odd she had a headache continuously. He said it was not so alarming that they went to a doctor about it.

“And now she’s missing,” he said.

Jennifer Huston's husband, Kellen, stands next to Newberg Police Capt. Jeff Kosmicki at a briefing over her disappearance, July 28, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Jennifer Huston’s husband, Kellen, stands next to Newberg Police Capt. Jeff Kosmicki at a briefing over her disappearance, July 28, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

He added she was just running errands when she first went missing.

Huston said they have friends all over the world — Japan, Malaysia, Texas, among other places — but none of their friends has any information about where she might be.

“It’s very uncharacteristic of her,” Kallen Huston, Jennifer Huston’s husband, said. “She’s a very regimented person, she sticks to a schedule. She’s potty training our 2-year-old, this is not something she would do.”

Financial hardships

According to court documents, the Hustons did experience financial hardships in recent years, but by many accounts had overcome them and were doing fine.

“The scenario of her leaving is definitely out of character from the person that I knew. She’s just a class act all the way,” said Marc Belsher, a former neighbor who helped the family move to their current home in Dundee about three years ago. “I hope and we pray for an excellent outcome – whatever the story is.”

Facebook page

A Facebook page called “Find Jennifer Huston” has already garnered more than 25,000 likes.

Huston, about 5-feet-7, has an average build, shoulder-length blond hair and blue eyes. Her Oregon license plate is WXH011.

“Look left, look right to see if you can tell shrubs are disrupted, maybe small trees down, where it would appear a car had crashed. Her car’s pretty large, so it would make a big hole if you will,” said Kallen Huston.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Dundee Police Department at 503.538.8321.

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