Jennifer Huston search heads to San Juan Islands

Jennifer Huston now missing for one week

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The search for Jennifer Huston, the Dundee mother who vanished one week ago, expanded to San Juan Islands in Washington on Thursday.

A Thursday afternoon release from San Juan (Washington) County Sheriff Rob Nou said Oregon authorities looking for the 38-year-old woman said she visited the San Juan Islands in the past.

“There has been no specific information to any specific island, how much time she may have spent here, or how recently she may have visited,” Nou said in the release.

In a statement to KOIN 6 News, the FBI said they have “offered assistance and resources but we are not involved at this time.”

Thursday afternoon, the Huston family released this statement:

“We have no new leads in the search for Jennifer at this time. The family/friend group met with local authorities today to better coordinate our efforts. We will not have any statements for today but are rigorously continuing our work. We are planning an informal news briefing for tomorrow (Friday). In conjunction with the GoFundMe account, as of today (Thursday) there is now a donation account for Find Jennifer Huston at all Columbia Bank locations. Again, this money is used to help in search efforts.”

The case

Authorities released this image of Jennifer Huston captured by surveillance cameras at a Rite-Aid police said she stopped at after filling up her vehicle and then disappearing on July 24. (Newberg-Dundee Police Dept.)
Authorities released this image of Jennifer Huston captured by surveillance cameras at a Rite-Aid police said she stopped at after filling up her vehicle and then disappearing on July 24. (Newberg-Dundee Police Dept.)

Jennifer Huston was last seen around 6:30 p.m. July 24 when she filled up her Lexus at a Circle K station in Newberg. The cell phone of the 38-year-old mother of two was turned off around that same time.

Authorities said they will be conducting further aerial searches that will cover the west and central section of Yamhill County on Thursday and Friday.

Previous searches

A helicopter donated by Jerry Trimble Helicopters in McMinnville helped search for Jennifer Huston, the missing mother from Dundee, July 30, 2014. (KOIN 6 News)
A helicopter donated by Jerry Trimble Helicopters in McMinnville helped search for Jennifer Huston, the missing mother from Dundee, July 30, 2014. (KOIN 6 News)

On Wednesday, Hillsboro Aviation donated a helicopter for an air search, while Yamhill County deputies searched the shore around Roger’s Landing, one of Huston’s favorite spots.

No trace of her was found.

The Newberg-Dundee police continue to characterize this as a missing person case and said they have found no criminal element so far.

What next?

In a press release Thursday evening, Newberg-Dundee Police Cpt. Jeff Kosmicki provided an update on search efforts.

After a morning flight on Friday, the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office will have covered all rural areas of the county with no further search efforts planned. However, if additional information arises, Kosmicki said search efforts will resume as necessary.

Since Monday, Kosmicki said the Marion County Sheriff’s Office has been and will continue to patrol the Detroit Lake recreational area and surrounding parks and forest lands, using marine, patrol and forest deputies and cadets.

Meanwhile, the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office has been using their search and rescue deputies and volunteers to search rural portions and forest lands of Tillamook County that adjoin Yamhill County.

A search of all Oregon major transportation routes to include state parks and highway pullouts was completed by the Oregon State Police on Thursday with no additional searching planned.

Some rural portions of Washington County were also searched in the Gaston and Laurelwood areas by the Newberg-Dundee Police Department.

Kosmicki said despite the searches in multiple areas, no new information in regard to Huston’s general location has surfaced.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

 

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