DUNDEE, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Finding Jennifer Huston’s Lexus is the key to finding her, said her husband at a Friday afternoon press briefing.
Kallen Huston addressed members of the media hours after Yamhill County officials ended their search for the 38-year-old mother of two who vanished after getting gas at a Circle K in Newberg on July 24.
“It’s been eight days,” Kallen Huston said at the beginning of his brief remarks, “and we still have no clue” where she might be.
“We really need to find her car,” he said, adding there is a “soccer ball-sized U-shaped crack” in the window as an identifying mark on the 1999 Lexus SUV.
“Jennifer,” he said, making remarks directly to her, “if you could see this or hear this, I love you. You have a ton of support from the community. If you can come home, please do. The boys need you. I need you. I love you.
“We’ll never stop looking for you.”
Huston answered a few questions and said police searched all over Yamhill County but have no solid lead.
Going into the weekend, he suggested joggers and off-roaders keep their eyes open for anything unusual and call local police if anything is spotted.
Asked about the purchases she made at a Rite-Aid minutes before she was last seen, Huston said they seemed normal. She bought a Gatorade, he said, because it was a hot day. Trail mix was something they had in the house from time to time, and the sleeping aids was “probably because she’d had a headache for three days.”
Her cell phone was turned off, he said, but he keeps calling it hoping she — or someone — will answer.
“Anyone who knows Jennifer,” he said, knows her disappearance is “completely out of character for her. She loves me, She loves the boys.”
The weeklong search
After more than a week of coordinated air, ground and water searches over 745-square miles, the Yamhill County search for Jennifer Huston has ended.
The 38-year-old mother of two was last seen leaving a Circle K gas station in Newberg after getting a small amount of money and getting a few things at Rite-Aid on July 24.
After another aerial search found no signs of her on Friday morning, Yamhill County officials told KOIN 6 News they’ve ended their county-wide search.
The Marion and Tillamook county sheriff’s offices were also involved in the search, as well as the Oregon State Police.
The Newberg-Dundee Police Department will continue to investigate tips.
The search could begin again if new leads are developed.
An air, ground and water search yielded no results earlier in the week. Police agencies as far away at San Juan Islands in Washington were looking for Huston.
Multiple agencies coordinated their efforts to look for her in Tillamook, Marion and Yamhill counties.
This continues to be treated as a missing person case, officials said.
Amanda Johnson and her father, Matt Johnson, said they’ve known the Huston family for years. They are former neighbors and close friends who attended social events together and helped babysit each other’s children.
The Johnsons said they’re even more troubled by Jennifer Huston’s disappearance because the mother of two was in the midst of making plans for her August anniversary and son’s birthday.
“She was planning her anniversary. She asked my sister to babysit a month or two ahead of time,” said Amanda.
KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.