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Search continues for missing woman in remote hilly area above Molalla

The search for Janice Lynn Ernest, a Molalla woman missing since March 13, continues in the hills outside Molalla since her abaonded car was found in the remote area Sunday.

According to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, searchers believe Janice Lynn Ernest may have wandered into the forested area near Butte Creek Road, where her car was discovered Sunday by two bicyclists.

Ernest has been missing from her Molalla home since March 13.

Search and Rescue (SAR) coordinators began looking for Ernest near where her car, a 2005 white Buick Rendezvous, was discovered abandoned in the remote, hilly area about 15 miles from Molalla.

SAR Coordinators have been working with the Oregon Army National Guard, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Portland Mountain Rescue, Washington County, and Marion County resources to aid in the search. Searchers plan to work until dark and resume operations today.

Sunday, Frank and Brian Nunn were out riding their bikes on Butte Creek Road when they came upon Ernest’s abandoned car in a section of road that is not maintained, said their father, Clarence Nunn. The car was parked on the side of the road, and the keys were not in the car, Nunn said.

A large search and rescue crew is combing the woods and hilly country for Ernest in the area of Butte Creek Road where Sawtell Road forks off to Elk Prairie Road and Family Camp Road, said area resident Joan Zuber, a neighbor of the Nunn family.

The Nunns only a month ago found and rescued Zuber, whose hand had been trapped under the hood of her truck for 18 hours.

Although foul play is not suspected at this time, Ernest suffers from bipolar disorder and is believed to be off of her medication. Ernest is described as a white female, approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall, 125 pounds, with sandy brown hair and blue eyes.

No clothing description is available.

Police believe she was driving her 2005 white Buick Rendezvous when she disappeared. It is believed that she did not have her cell phone with her, and recent circumstances indicate she was not be able to find her way home without assistance, police said. To report information or further details call the non-emergency dispatch number at 503-655-8211. Refer to Molalla Police Case # 14-0474.



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