Search for missing Salem mother, child moves to Gaston
Law enforcement from around the region are still searching for a missing Salem woman and her son more than a week after they were last seen.
The Salem Police Department said Thursday, May 23 that Michael John Wolfe, 52, of Gaston, is sought for questioning in the disappearance of Karissa Fretwell, 25, and her 3-year-old son William.
Investigators searched a property in rural Yamhill County on Thursday, as well as a private residence in Gaston.
Wolfe is described as a white male adult, 6-feet, 2-inches tall and weighs more than 200 pounds. He has thinning brown hair and hazel eyes.
Investigators ask the public for help in locating Wolfe. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call the Salem Police Department Tips Hotline at 503-588-8477.
The FBI, Oregon State Police and the Salem Police Department are also assisting in the search, according authorities. About 25 people are searching two areas, one stretching about a quarter mile on rural, county property. More people are said to be searching a piece of private property in Gaston. It is unclear how the two locations are connected.
The Yamhill Sheriff's Office said the search is being conducted by law enforcement and trained volunteers and "no additional searchers are needed."
Fretwell and her son were last seen May 13, according to Salem police. She is described as a white female with blue eyes and dyed red hair, 5-foot, 9-inches tall and weighing approximately 135 pounds.
Fretwell has sole custody of her son and the two reside in West Salem, according to the Thursday news release.
Troy Brynelson is a reporter with Pamplin Media Group newspaper partner, Salem Reporter.
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