Jennifer Janelle Huston, a 38-year-old mother of a 6-year-old boy
and a toddler, told her husband she was going out to run errands on
Thursday evening in the community of Dundee, on the outskirts of
Portland, Newberg-Dundee Police Captain Jeff Kosmicki said.
Over the next half hour, video surveillance captured her withdrawing
a small amount of money from a nearby credit union, then stopping at
a gas station, Kosmicki said. She appeared to be alone in the
family’s Lexus SUV.
Later that evening, either her cellphone was shut off or its battery
died, and family members say she has not used her credit cards or
phone since Thursday, although police are still awaiting subpoenaed
records to confirm her activities.
Flanked by his missing wife's parents and other family members at a
Monday news conference, Kallen Huston asked community members to
watch for signs of her SUV, or for breaks in greenery where a
vehicle may have run off the road.
"We were about to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary, and we
have been together for 17 years. This is unlike anything she's ever
done," Huston said.
"I have a fear that she's in a ditch somewhere," he said.
Police said on Monday they have no immediate reason to suspect foul
play in the disappearance although they were not ruling it out.
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Huston experienced unusual, but not debilitating, headaches for
three days before she disappeared, and otherwise nothing was out of
the ordinary, her husband said.
The department has assigned five detectives, including experts in
computer forensics, to the search for Huston.
Community volunteers have organized informal searches, including one
by a private airplane, to track her down, posting signs of the woman
and her SUV in store and restaurant windows, with a plea for anyone
with information to call police.
(Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Mohammad Zargham)
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