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DEVELOPING: Police searching rural property for missing mom & toddler boy

Police in Oregon have reportedly zeroed in on a rural property in their ongoing search for a mother and 3-year-old son who haven’t been seen in more than a week.

KPIC reported that law enforcement was in Gaston on Thursday amid a missing persons investigation involving Karissa and William Fretwell, who disappeared from Salem on May 13. Multiple agencies, including the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Oregon State Police, and Yamhill County Search and Rescue are assisting Salem Police with Thursday’s search.

“The search is only being conducted by law enforcement and trained volunteers and no additional searchers are needed,” Salem police said, according to the report.

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A friend of Karissa’s told the Salem Statesman-Journal that she last heard from the mother on May 11, when she asked her about installing a security camera system at her home. The friend also claimed she was to babysit William on May 17 but she never heard from the pair.

Citing officials, KPIC reported that Karissa has sole custody of their son.

Karissa was described as being 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing approximately 135 pounds, and having blue eyes and blond hair that is dyed red. William was described as being about 3 feet tall, weighing approximately 30 pounds, and having blond hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information regarding Karissa and William Fretwell’s disappearance or whereabouts should call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-8477.

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[Featured image: Karissa and William Fretwell/Salem Police Department]