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Much remains unknown about missing Dundee woman

Police discuss case of Jennifer Huston at Monday press conference, asking for community's help


Fighting back tears, Kallen Huston asked the public to keep an eye out for his wife’s car as he suspects it may be in a ditch, behind a building or in someone’s back yard.

The Dundee resident recounted the last moments before his wife Jennifer Huston, 38, went missing Thursday at a press conference Monday afternoon. “I’d like to also stress this is totally unlike her. She’s a devoted mother,” Huston said before taking a deep breath and continuing. “She’s just a very good person. For her to do something like this is completed out of the norm. All of her friends agree.”by: GARY ALLEN - Kallen Huston spoke of the search for his missing wife, Jennifer Huston, during a press conference held Monday afternoon at the Public Safety Building in Newberg. The search has included blanketing the area with posters as well as the creation of a Facebook page, `Find Jennifer Huston,' that had received more than 20,000 likes as of Monday evening.

Jennifer Huston was last seen at 6:20 p.m. Thursday getting gas at the Circle K near Springbrook and Portland roads in her dark green Lexus LX-470. She appeared to be alone, surveillance photos showed. The license plate is WXH-011.

A mother of two young boys, ages 6 and 2, she was last seen wearing black and pink Nike tennis shoes, a black zip-up jacket and yoga pants. At 5-foot-7-inches tall she has blond shoulder-length hair and blue eyes.

Since her disappearance family and friends have taken to social media to spread the word about Huston’s disappearance. The Facebook page Find Jennifer Huston (www.facebook.com/FindJenniferHuston) had more than 20,000 likes as of Monday evening, and while the assistance is appreciated by the Newberg-Dundee Police Department, Cpt. Jeff Kosmicki said the family is becoming overwhelmed with the outpouring of support and asks that all further tips be sent to the department.

“I think the family is getting inundated as well with good intentions, so we’d like to divert all of those to the police department,” he said. “You can contact myself or email. We’ll try to alleviate some of the pressure. They’d like to just be a family and work on caring for each other."

Kosmicki said the case is being investigated by the department’s Special Investigations Unit with no suspicions of foul play and is being considered a missing person case.

“Obviously her leaving and not contacting anybody is suspicious in that regard, but we’re keeping all of our options open,” he said.

The NDPD is looking for video from businesses on Portland Road to try and determine what direction Huston traveled after leaving the gas station. Kosmicki said they are still in the process of obtaining subpoenas for her cell phone and bank information that might provide some more insight into her disappearance. Her phone has not had a signal since 6:20 p.m. Thursday.

“Unfortunately it’s a Monday, we have to deal with a subpoena to get that information,” he said. “It’s not just as easy and calling them up.”

Prior to stopping or gas to “run errands,” as Kallen Huston said she had told him before leaving around 5:45 p.m. that evening, Kosmicki said the NDPD obtained high-quality video from a local credit union where she withdrew a small amount of cash prior to stopping for gas.

He said, based on that video, it is clear Jennifer Huston was travelling alone.

Kallen Huston is trying to keep his children out of the situation and stressed that it is out of character for his wife to disappear.

“I don’t think (she was stressed) any more or any less than any mom that’s got a full schedule,” he said. “I truly believe we’ve got a solid relationship. It’s just nothing she’s ever done. We’re about to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary.”

There will be a prayer session at the Hillside Fellowship in Newberg, organized by Zach Elliott, at 7 p.m. Tuesday for anyone who wishes to join. Anyone with information should contact NDPD Detective Ryan Simmons at 503-538-8321.