Search underway for Portland woman who vanished along California coast

Angela Hernandez (KPTV)

It’s now day four in the search for a missing Portland woman, who vanished along the California coast.

Angela Hernandez, 23, was last heard from Friday morning, and investigators say the circumstances surrounding her disappearance are suspicious.

“It’s just really surreal,” her best friend, Shawn Lyons, told FOX 12. “There’s no reason for her to, kind of like, disappear.”

Investigators with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said Hernandez was driving from Portland to Lancaster, California, to visit family and was in constant communication while she was on the road.

Thursday evening, she made it to the town of Half Moon Bay, and she told her sister she planned to spend the night in her white Jeep behind the Safeway store there.

Friday morning, she sent a text to her sister Isabel saying she was getting back on the road.

That’s the last time anyone’s heard from her.

“Isabel has called multiple hospitals and asked if they have anyone under the name Angela Hernandez or Jane Doe. They say no. We’re like alright, she’s just kind of vanished,” Lyons explained.

Investigators pinged Hernandez’s cell phone to the Davenport area, about half an hour south of Half Moon Bay and say the signal was stationary there for quite some time.

Crews searched by ground and by air, but still – no sign of Hernandez or her Jeep with Oregon plates.

Then, Monday night, her phone stopped sending or receiving a signal. Investigators say it was either turned off or the battery died.

“It’s just – it’s not like my sister,” Isabel Hernandez said.

Isabel told FOX 12 that Angela moved to Portland a little over two years ago after spending time with AmeriCorps, but her apartment lease was up this week and she planned to spend extended time with her sister while she figured out her next steps.

Lyons said she’s an easygoing and kindhearted person who wants to be a musician.

He’s holding out hope she’s okay, as investigators – and Angela’s family – ask for your help.

“Take that extra second to look or hit that share button, or really just anything they think would be helpful, just go ahead and do that,” Lyons said.

Portland police are not actively involved in the investigation, but they have been in touch with law enforcement partners in California.

The Hernandez family is offering $10,000 for information that brings Angela home. If you can help, call investigators at 650-363-4051.

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