JENNIFER Huston, a 38-year-old married mother-of-two, has been missing since she left her home on July 24 after complaining of a headache.
Mrs Huston left the house in Dundee, Oregon in her dark green 1999 Lexus LX 470 at 5:45pm before stopping at the Circle K gas station in Newberg, Oregon where she withdrew a small amount of money from an ATM, filled her car and bought a Gatorade, some trail mix and a nonlethal amount of sleeping pills.
She hasn’t been seen since.
Mrs Huston’s family and police have been baffled by her disappearance and had no clues on her whereabouts until they received a tip on a possible sighting on Thursday in Washington.
The New York Daily News reports witnesses said they may have seen the blue-eyed blonde-haired mother take a ferry to the San Juan Islands.
A couple thought they saw Huston’s green SUV on a ferry going to Friday Harbor from Anacortes, according to the sheriff’s office.
Now, San Juan County Sheriff deputies are rushing to get their hands on surveillance video from aboard that ferry, according to Fox12.
“The information that we’ve received is that there was a female on the boat, on the 9 o’clock ferry sailing from Anacortes to Friday Harbor on Thursday morning July 31,” said San Juan County Under sheriff Bruce Distler.
“The woman we talked to also identified a green car, possibly a 99 Lexus, with cracked windshield although she couldn’t give us a license plate,” said Distler.
Deputies say the couple who spotted the car also described a woman in her 30s with blonde hair who had a 2 by 3 inch white Band-Aid on her left cheek. The tip was so descriptive, they’ve alerted the Newberg police department.
Deputies say they have also called ferry security based out of Seattle to pull the tape from that morning so they can confirm if the woman is in fact Huston.
“It’s not something that’s just another tip, it’s something that is serious enough that we’re gonna take a look at it and make sure everything pans out,” said Distler.
Meanwhile, Mrs Huston’s husband and father joined KATU News in Portland for an interview on Sunday morning to talk about the latest developments in the search.
“It’s been an emotional time for the family. Lots of ups and downs,” said Kallen Huston, Jennifer’s husband.
“These leads get us excited for a short bit, then reality sets back in and it’s been difficult.”
Mr Huston said the family doesn’t know yet if the new lead is credible.
“The islands are small and it should not take a long time to search,” he said. “We’ve vacationed many times there in the past.”
Huston’s father, Bill Turner, says he believes Jennifer is still in Oregon.
“I believe she’s within 25 miles of Newberg,” Turner said.
“We are still searching the parks and places she could have gone within walking distance,” he said.
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