Missing girl found in Astoria, suspect on the run

48-year-old Russell Wayne Deviney of Everett, Washington is suspected of abducting a 15-year-old girl

Russell Wayne Deviney, 48, of Everett, Washington is suspected of abducting a girl. He was last seen in Astoria, Oregon. (Undated photo, Astoria PD)
Russell Wayne Deviney, 48, of Everett, Washington is suspected of abducting a girl. He was last seen in Astoria, Oregon. (Undated photo, Astoria PD)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 15-year-old reported missing from California over the weekend was found in Astoria Monday night, officials said, and now authorities are looking for her alleged abductor.

The teenager, who will not be named to protect her identity as a minor, was found at a McDonald’s in the beach town. She had been listed as missing from Sanger, California and the FBI had been searching for her since Saturday night..

48-year-old Russell Wayne Deviney of Everett, Washington is suspected of abducting a girl. He was last seen in Astoria, Oregon. (Police)
48-year-old Russell Wayne Deviney of Everett, Washington is suspected of abducting a girl. He was last seen in Astoria, Oregon. (Police)

“From what I saw there was a lot of cops, and it was just craziness,” witness Tyler Robillard told KOIN 6 News.

The man suspected of abducting her is 48-year-old Russell Wayne Deviney of Everett, Washington. He reportedly left the McDonald’s in Astoria around 7 p.m. on Monday night wearing a white shirt, blue jeans, a black sweater and an orange baseball hat.

The car he was driving, a 2004 Nissan Pickup, has been located, but he is on the run with a warrant out for his arrest.

Officials with the Sanger Police Department told KOIN 6 News the girl met Deviney online and believed him to be 19.

“It makes me want to cry, that poor girl,” mother Joyce Zachariaf said. “Thank god she was found… because a lot of them are not, a lot of them are statistics.”

Anyone with information related to Deviney’s whereabouts are asked to contact the Astoria Police Department at 503-325-4411 or their local law enforcement.

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