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Deputies searching for woman missing under suspicious circumstances

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(courtesy Washington Co. Sheriff's Office) (courtesy Washington Co. Sheriff's Office)

Detectives say they have found the car belonging to a missing 23-year-old Rock Creek woman, but she is still missing.

According to the Washington County Sheriff”s Office, Demi Helenius vanished on Saturday night from a conference at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Portland.

Investigators said Helenius lives with her parents in the community of Rock Creek. Her family says she is very good about calling or texting when she leaves somewhere.

After the Landmark Worldwide Forum at the hotel ended at 10 p.m. Saturday, though, Helenius didn’t return home or contact her family.

"She's a vibrant 23-year-old, she runs marathons, she writes music," said Melody Helenius, Demi Helenius's mother. "She's trusting to a point, which may be a detriment."

The sheriff’s office also noted that Helenius’s car, a black 2013 Volkswagen Beetle with Oregon license 855-HNH, was also missing.

Deputies said when they tried to call her phone just after 11 p.m., an employee at a Dairy Queen in Creswell, Oregon answered. The employee said a man came through the drive through and gave them the phone. 

Due to high-quality surveillance video at the Dairy Queen, detectives were able to see the license plate of the car that dropped off the phone. Detectives talked to the man, who said he found the phone in a nearby parking lot after seeing someone throw an object from a car.

Detectives said they are still investigating that lead.

On Monday, deputies were alerted to the location of Helenius's car thanks to numerous tips. The car was recovered in Cottage Grove, just nine miles south of Creswell.

Cottage Grove Police, the Lane County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Police assisted in processing the scene where the car was found.

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, an examination of the car found no foul play and the car will be processed more thoroughly at the OSP crime lab.

Detectives say they are looking for any and all leads they can come up with, including the attendees of the Landmark Worldwide Forum.

Landmark sent a statement to FOX 12 Monday night, saying:

“We have been in communication with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to give them all the information we have to support them in their efforts to locate Demi. Our thoughts and concerns are with Demi and her family and like her family, we hope she is safe and found quickly.”

Anyone with information on the location of Demi Helenius is asked to please contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-846-2500.

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