Family of Huston reacts to tip she's in the San Juan Islands - KPTV - FOX 12

Family of Jennifer Huston on San Juan Islands tip: 'I hope that it's her'

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FRIDAY HARBOR, WA (KPTV) -

The family of missing mom Jennifer Huston tells FOX 12 that the tip about her being in the San Juan Islands is the first tip out of hundreds that places a woman fitting Huston's description behind the wheel of a car that matches her vehicle description.

"I hope that it's her and I hope they find her, like right now," husband Kallen Huston said. "I hope it's her, but I also don't want people to stop the search locally in Yamhill County just in case. But, we've got two people that reportedly recognize the car and her, and I've gotta say, that's a first."

"Every other tip we've gotten through Facebook, Twitter and beyond says, ‘Hey, I saw her, but she's got a haircut,' or ‘Hey, I saw her but she has tattoos now.' To have one where they identify her and the car, that's one of note."

FOX 12 exclusively spoke with the couple who notified deputies about the possible sighting.

They say riding next to them on the 9 a.m. ferry out of Anacortes to Friday Harbor on Thursday July 31 was a woman fitting Huston's description. They say the woman also had a white 2x3 band aid on her left cheek as well.

The couple described the make and model of Huston's car, down to the cracked windshield.

"Every day we're waiting for some clue that we can jump on," Kallen Huston said. "I find it hard to believe that she made it that far and nobody saw her, but if it's true, it gives us an area to narrow in on, and that's what we need right now."

Deputies said they have called ferry security based out of Seattle to pull the tape from that morning so they can confirm if the woman is in fact Huston.

"It's not something that's just another tip, it's something that is serious enough that we're gonna take a look at it and make sure everything pans out," said San Juan County Undersheriff Bruce Distler.

A representative from WSDOT ferries tells FOX 12 they cannot disclose how long it will take to review the tape on board the ferry of interest, because of aspects of homeland security.

They did confirm they've sent out an alert with Huston's information to virtually every employee throughout the whole ferry system.

FOX 12 will have the latest on the search for Huston on the 10'oclock news.

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