Search efforts for missing West Salem mother, son leads to rural Yamhill County properties – Statesman Journal

Search efforts for missing West Salem mother, son leads to rural Yamhill County properties - Statesman Journal

Person of interest named in search for missing Salem mom, son; multiple areas being searched

Salem police on Thursday afternoon announced a person of interest in the search for a missing Salem mother and her 3-year-old son.

Police are looking for Michael John Wolfe, 52, of Gaston, as a person of interest in the disappearance of Karissa Fretwell, 25, and her son Billy, 3. According to court documents, Wolfe is the father of Billy Fretwell. The Fretwells were last seen May 13, and family members reported them missing May 17.

Police search rural Yamhill Co. property tied to missing Salem mother, her son

According to police, Wolfe is about 6 feet, 2 inches tall, and weighs more than 200 pounds. He has thinning brown hair and hazel eyes. Court documents state Fretwell and Wolfe were in court as recently as April, and was ordered to pay over $900 a month in child support.

Earlier Thursday, Lt. Treven Upkes of Salem Police told media at a news conference that they were searching two rural Yamhill County properties, as well as a private property in Gaston.

Upkes said he couldnt confirm if or how Fretwell and Wolfe knew each other, or comment on when Wolfe was last seen.

Upkes said that he couldnt say what led officers to the properties in Yamhill County, but that one area was a private property, and one may have been agricultural. Upkes estimated it was about a quarter-mile area. He said the search of that property started Thursday afternoon.

Upkes said he couldnt comment on whether police think the two might be dead. He said they were operating under the assumption that the two are together. Fretwell has sole custody of her son, and the two had been living in West Salem.

He said Fretwell was currently employed, although he couldnt say where she was working at the time of her disappearance. He said she had also been enrolled off and on at Chemeketa Community College.

Upkes said the police are still looking for tips, and that anyone who has them should call 503-588-8477.

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