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Tigard police seek woman after 6-year-old tests positive for meth

Leslie Von Wald, 44 Tigard Police officers are searching for a woman after her 6-year-old daughter tested positive for meth.

Police said Leslie Von Wald, 44, is currently eluding police after a Washington County grand jury indicted her on charges of distributing methamphetamine.

The daughter is in protective custody.

Von Wald was busted as part of a larger raid at the Cascade Mobile Villa, 8915 S.W. Commercial Street in Tigard.

According to Jim Wolf, a spokesman for the police department, officers investigated the complex for six months executed a search warrant on April 18 at two mobile home-sites at the property.

In one home, Wolf said police found “a sizeable amount of heroin” along with drug paraphernalia, a handgun and more than $5,600 in cash.

Two women in the home, Stephanie Matsuura, 40, and Lisa Lewis, 51, were charged with unlawful possession and delivery of heroin.

When police searched a neighboring unit, a woman and her 6-year-old daughter were found sleeping in a bedroom, along with her 16-year-old son and another boy.

Police found a pound of methamphetamine, $4,600 in cash, drug paraphernalia and small quantities of other drugs, Wolf said.

Van Wold’s children were taken into protective custody during the search, Wolf said, but said Van Wold was not arrested at the time because officers were still gathering evidence.

“There are a significant number of search warrants and investigations that gather the supporting evidence and documentation and then allow a grand jury to make an indictment,” Wolf said.

Von Wald was indicted by a grand jury on charges of distributing methamphetamine, but said that Van Wold has since disappeared.

Wolf said that doctors found evidence of both methamphetamines and amphetamines were found in the girl’s system, but said it’s not clear whether she was given the drugs intentionally or injested them accidently.

“We can’t rule anything out,” Wolf said. “One of the investigators said it could have come through absorbsion, because there was such a high concentration in the environment.”

Van Wold was seen recently in Lincoln City, with a runaway child and another boy matching the description of her 16-year-old son, Wolf said.

Wolf said he had no information about her son's whereabouts after he was placed into foster care.

“We don’t know whether he ran away from his foster home, or what happened,” Wolf said.

Van Wold was also recently seen in Southwest Portland and is believed to be in the area.

Police are asking the public’s help in finding Von Wald. She may be driving a white 1998 Volvo 570, with license plate WTV025.

Anyone with information regarding the Wald’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Tigard Police Tip line at 503-718-2677.


Update: This story has been updated to reflect new information from the Tigard Police Department about Van Wold's believed whereabouts.




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