41-year-old woman went missing in northeast Portland a week ago, her family is asking the community for help
A 41-year-old woman with three children went missing from her home in northeast Portland on September 20, and her family are asking for the public’s help in trying to locate her.
Juana Isela Morales left her home in the Hazelwood neighborhood on September 20 at 9 p.m. without her phone or wallet, said Miguel Garcia, her brother-in-law who serves as the family spokesperson.
She was last seen near Northeast 128th Avenue and Northeast Hassalo Street wearing a green shirt, blue jeans, black jacket and black Adidas shoes, her family said.
“What caused her to go on foot and leave her wallet and phone behind, which are important things to carry, we don’t know exactly at this time,” Garcia said.
Morales lives with her husband and three daughters, aged 18, 15 and 11. Her mother and three sisters also live in Portland.
Family and friends organized a search in East Portland with more than 100 volunteers on Friday, Garcia said. Volunteers also help find advice on Morales’ location when they arrive.
Garcia said Morales was the kind of person who “would give you the shirt off his back.”
“She always wanted to help people,” he said. “So, whether it was monetary, they needed shelter if they needed food, whatever they needed.”
Police had no new information on the case on Tuesday, Lt. Nathan Sheppard, a spokesperson for the Portland Police Department, said.
At least 519 people have gone missing in Oregon since the start of 2020, according to Oregon State Police.
Morales’s family asks anyone who sees her to call 911 or share any relevant information with the email [email protected] and to mention case number 21-264183.
– Jack Forrest