ALOHA, Ore. (KOIN) — Deputies are searching for a 25-year-old woman who didn’t come home after her Thursday night class at Portland State University.
Emily Hooper’s father said she was working on a paper that night and had been communicating with her mother via text before she went missing.
“She asked her mom some questions and sent a text message. When her mom tried to call her back she said she was in the bathroom,” Frank Hooper said.
Emily’s mother eventually tried calling her again, Frank said, but her phone went straight to voicemail. She sent another text message, but Emily never responded.
Family members told Washington County Sheriff’s Office they thought Emily went to her boyfriend’s house after class, and they weren’t worried about her until he called them Friday night looking for her, deputies said.
Then Emily’s employer told them she didn’t show up to work on Friday, which is out of character for her.
“She had not [shown up to work] and had not called her boss,” Frank said. “Neither of these things are like her.”
PSU released a statement saying they are assisting with the investigation and “are concerned about Emily’s safety and hope she returns home safely.”
Two of her sisters were on campus Monday helping to get the word out.
“We are putting up posters, talking to people in the building and asking just to distribute as many images as you can,” Clara Hooper said. “We’re all hoping that she comes home soon, comes home safe. That she’s OK.”
Clara said her family has never experienced anything like this, and that they’re banding together to uncover any possible leads that could bring Emily home.
“I don’t know what words I’ll use, but I’m going to hug the crap out of her,” Emily’s sister Rebecca Granberg said. “I’ll probably start crying.”
The 25-year-old is 5’7″ tall, 135 pounds with short, shaggy brown hair and pale skin. She has a large lip ring in the center of her lip, a sparkly nose ring, stretched ears from gauges, a tree branch tattoo on her forearm and a cat tattoo on her calf.
She may be carrying a black backpack and light blue purse, deputies said, and she may also be wearing a light-colored jacket, Doc Martens boots and blue jeans.
Her family said she has dreams of becoming a writer.
Anyone with information on Emily’s whereabouts should call 503.629.0111.