In a press conference Friday, Aug. 28, Corvallis Police Chief Nick Hurley asked for the public’s help in locating missing teen Ava Carey. Carey was last seen on Aug. 20. She did not return home from a walk to Village Green Park located in the 600 block of northeast Conifer Boulevard in Corvallis.
Hurley said Carey,16, was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black t-shirt, a fisherman-style cap, and running shoes. She is five-foot-six-inches tall, and weighs approximately 107 pounds. She has reddish-auburn dyed hair that is shaved on one side, and has a self-made tattoo on her lower calf. She was also carrying a painted longboard skateboard when she was last seen.
“Our community is anxious, and deeply concerned right now … we care deeply about her welfare and bringing her home,” Hurley said in the press conference.
The Corvallis Police Department activated the Major Crimes Team Thursday, Aug. 27, a joint effort of multiple law enforcement agencies in the Willamette Valley. Hurley said the Corvallis Police Department is now working in conjunction with the Albany Police Department, the Philomath Police Department, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, the FBI and the Benton County District Attorney’s Office. They are also actively following up on all tips, leads, and information received from the community.
Hurley urged community members to call in tips regarding Carey and her whereabouts at 541-766-6911. Hurley is also asking residents in the northeast area of Corvallis who have outdoor video surveillance or Ring doorbell cameras to contact the tip line so an investigator can view and collect any evidence or video footage.
“No tip is too small. You are requested to use the tip line to provide any and all information you may have concerning Ava,” Hurley said.
Community members are encouraged to call the established tip line at 541-766-911, or visit the Corvallis Police Department’s online tip form at https://www.corvallisoregon.gov/police/page/tip-sheet with any information regarding Carey.
Additional information and ways to help bring Carey home can be found at https://www.bringavahome.com/.
By Jada Krening