'Interesting items' found during search for missing OR hiker: cops

Joanna Estrada
December 31, 2019

Police say they have arrested the boyfriend of a missing woman in OR on charges unrelated to her disappearance.

A neighbor found Garland asleep in his auto, the news station reported.

Garland and his father then went out looking for Watterson and when they couldn't find her, Garland's father reported her missing, around 30 hours after she disappeared. The search for her began on Tuesday. Garland was later arrested on several charges not associated with the disappearance of his girlfriend, the report said. He has pleaded guilty to charges of theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and fraudulent use of a credit card, the local paper reports.

Watterson's dad and mom have been grateful for the search efforts. "She's a good girl and I know she just wants to be home for Christmas". "Check their properties, check their sheds, cars, anything on their properties".

"We just really, really want to thank everyone, and we want this to keep going until we find Allyson", her father, Alan Watterson, mentioned on the press convention. "We don't know if she was in the truck".

Misty Watterson told KPTV she will never stop searching for her daughter.

About 100 volunteers trained search and rescue workers spent Christmas Day scouring the woods for signs of the missing 20-year-old.

Watterson was last seen by a resident in a wooded area near Old Pumpkin Ridge Road on Sunday, December 22nd around noon. For instance, deputies are looking for North Plains residents who might've gotten a knock on their door late Sunday or early Monday.

Anyone with information on Watterson's whereabouts is urged to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-846-2700. They're getting help from search and rescue teams in Multnomah and Clackamas counties.

"We have some increased resources", van Kleef said. Deputies, though, said a hiking trip was unlikely as the region is not recreational and consists mostly of private property.

However, police suspect they were not in the area to hike. "We're dealing with some hard steep terrain".

The sheriff's office says Garland is cooperating with authorities and his girlfriend's disappearance is not now being treated as a criminal investigation.

However, on Friday, authorities said they had found no evidence to suggest Watterson had been hiking in the area. Authorities said they've exhausted every possible avenue and have used drones, dogs, and volunteers to try to find her.

They said they were certain Watterson didn't run away.

The search for Watterson covered 1,600 acre and thousands of man hours, officials said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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