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Search for Jennifer Huston stretches to San Juan Islands

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The search for missing Oregon mom Jennifer Huston stretched to Washington's San Juan Islands on Thursday.

A bulletin was forwarded to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office, and deputies on all four islands that can be reached by ferry are looking for her.

The San Juan Islands do not have license readers on ferries, and Yamhill County detectives believe she could be there. A cell phone tower ping indicated she may have been driving north.

Huston, who has now been missing seven days, grew up in Gig Harbor, WA, and the San Juan Islands were one of her favorite spots.

"It's very sad of course. We've seen these things before. We've seen them end well and we've seen them end badly. It's just kind of scary and it's very sad for the family," said Friday Harbor visitor Michael Illig.

As word spread around the Anacortes Ferry Terminal that Huston might be headed for Friday Harbor, or another small town in the San Juan Islands, people waiting in line to board the ferry began looking.

Including one Oregon woman who says she's been following the case since day one.

"I'll definitely be on lookout for a green Lexus SUV, or for someone who looks similar to her," said Lake Oswego resident Casey Nelson. "I've even called my parents, who are already up there, to let them know about the situation."

So far deputies say there have been no confirmed sightings of her in the area, but people everywhere are looking.

"I will definitely keep my eyes out on the island and will definitely report if we have leads ourselves," said Gig Harbor visitor Sean Murphy.

One things for sure, say those who frequent Friday Harbor and know the terrain well, if Huston is on the island there are only so many places she could be.

"There's a lot of island, and I know every inch of the island," said Illig. "If the cars there then she's gonna be seen for sure."

In Yamhill County on Thursday crews searched on the ground and by helicopter in the northwest region of the county, along with central rural areas and wooded areas just west of McMinnville.

Additional aerial searches were planned for Friday. After that, deputies said they will have covered all rural areas of Yamhill County and no further sheriff's office aerial searches would be immediately scheduled.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is continuing to patrol the Detroit Lake recreational area and surrounding parks and forest lands using marine, patrol and forest deputies and cadets.

The Tillamook County Sheriff's Office has been using their search-and-rescue deputies and volunteers to search rural areas and forest lands that adjoin Yamhill County.

Oregon State Police completed a search of all major transportation routes in the state, including state parks and highway pullouts.

Some rural portions of Washington County were searched in the Gaston and Laurelwood areas by Newberg-Dundee Police Department officers.

Friends said they planned to keep search efforts going as long as necessary.

"We'll be going to California soon and distributing fliers all up and down the corridor," said neighbor Kevin Crow. "Hopefully, somebody will see something. Somebody has to see something."

Those involved in trying to comfort the family said the last week has been a struggle.

"If Jennifer is out there and maybe, Jennifer maybe you just needed some time away or something like that, please call somebody. Let somebody know that you needed time," Crow said. "It's OK. It's OK. We all just want you home."

Timeline of events

The current timeline of Huston's last known activities had her leaving home in Dundee last Thursday evening at 5:45 p.m., and going to the Oregon First Community Credit Union in Newberg about three miles away. She withdrew less than $100 from the credit union ATM.

From 6:10 p.m. to 6:17 p.m., she went to Rite Aid, where she purchased Gatorade, trail mix and over-the-counter sleeping pills. The amount of sleeping pills she purchased would not be enough for a lethal dose.

At 6:20 p.m., she went to get gas at the nearby Circle K gas station on Portland Road, spending less than $40 at the gas station, leading police to believe she was topping off the tank.

At 6:35 p.m., Huston's cell phone signal went dead.

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