DUNDEE, Ore. – Photos captured from a gas station surveillance camera in Newberg show the last moment family members know about, in the mysterious disappearance of a Dundee mom and wife.
Jennifer Huston, 38, used her credit card to purchase gas at the Newberg Circle K gas station around 6:10 p.m. Thursday. She has not contacted her family since then, and that was the last time her credit card was used, authorities said. (See all 3 gas station surveillance photos at right.)
Before getting gas, Huston withdrew a small amount of money from a local bank, according to investigators. Police did not say how much money she took out of the account.
According to a police timeline, Huston left home that day around 5:45 p.m., planning to run errands. She entered the bank around 6 p.m. and gassed up her SUV at 6:10 p.m. Her phone stopped working at 6:25 p.m., according to investigators, and no one has heard of her since.
Police who studied the surveillance video said they were confident Jennifer was the only person in the vehicle when it pulled into the bank and the gas station.
"Jennifer wouldn’t willingly drive off,” her dad, Bill Turner, told KGW Monday morning.
Her husband, Kallen Huston, said their two boys, ages 2 and 6, "really, really need her." He said the family is trying to shelter the boys from news of their mother's disappearance.
“She's a loving mother, she's caring, she's very driven to raise them, we both are, the best way we can," he said. "That's just why this is so out of character, out of norm for her.”
Turner said Monday that a law enforcement plane searched for Jennifer or her SUV (pictured in surveillance photos) for more than two hours Sunday and didn't turn up any clues. He added that a detective was looking at surveillance video from stores along Highway 99, between Newberg and Sherwood.
Hourly attempts to ping her cell phone have not turned up anything since Thursday evening, according to investigators.
Turner said the hardest part for the family is that they have already searched everywhere they could think of, and they have no idea where to look next. Still, he said family members were working to get another search effort organized.
“Anyone that's driving home from work or going anywhere, from lunch, look off to the right, look off to the left," Kallen Huston said Monday. "See if you can tell if shrubs are disrupted, maybe small trees knocked down where it would appear as if a car had driven off or crashed. Her car is fairly large so it would make a pretty good hole...look to see if maybe her car is tucked away behind a garage or something.”
Kallen added that Jennifer had been complaining about a headache that lasted three days, but she did not have any other known health issues. Now he's worried that headache could have something to do with her disappearance.
"She's a devoted mother. She's just a completely wonderful person," he said, wiping tears from his eyes. " “We have amazing family and friends. People who we don’t even know are helping.”
Jennifer Huston drives a dark green 1999 Lexus SUV with Oregon License number WXH 011. She was wearing black yoga pants one the day she disappeared, along with a black zip-up sweatshirt and Nike tennis shoes that were black and pink.
The family has been posting updates on the Find Jennifer Huston Facebook page.
Anyone with information about her whereabouts was asked to call Newberg-Dundee police at 503-538-8321.