Search suspended for missing Oregon woman last seen a week ago with boyfriend

by Editorial Team

Officials have suspended the active search for the 20-year-old Oregon woman who went missing last week.

Allyson Watterson was reported missing by her boyfriend’s father on Monday, but was last seen a day earlier outside of Portland.

Watterson’s boyfriend, 21-year-old Benjamin Garland, initially told police that they gotten separated during a hike near North Plain, a wooded area about 18 miles northwest of Portland, but Washington County Sheriff’s Detective Mark Povolny told reporters Friday night that he does not believe they were actually hiking.

“How and why they ended up in this area is one of those things we are looking into,” he said at the time.

Washington County Sheriff’s officers and more than 100 volunteers spent days combing the area for Watterson before suspending the active search Saturday night.

“To be clear, we will only search when we have something that has given us a reason to search,” Incident Manager Tony Morris said at a press conference, according to KOIN. “What that takes is something in our search area that is driving decision-making. We were, today, searching out from items that we had interest in and that just ran out. We don’t have any more things that are pointing us in an area to search.”

Garland has since been arrested on unrelated charges, but has not been named a person of interest in the disappearance.

“Even though they’re not actively searching, we will always search for Allyson,” her mother, Misty, said Saturday night, according to KOIN. “I will never stop looking for you—never, I’ll never stop. And I’d like to ask everybody else to not stop looking either.”

Watterson, listed at 5′7″ and 120 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair dyed teal, was last seen wearing an orange-yellow hooded sweatshirt, a red backpack, black jeans and brown Calvin Klein boots.

Anyone with any information is asked to contacted the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503-629-0111.


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