Missing woman found, but questions remain unanswered
COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - Demi Helenius, who was reported missing from Portland last weekend, was found on Tuesday night after an extensive search throughout Lane and Douglas counties.
According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, she was found safe and in good health in Roseburg.
Helenius abruptly left the Landmark Worldwide Forum event she was attending in Portland, disappearing Saturday evening. Her phone was later found in Creswell, and her car was found parked behind a gas station in Cottage Grove.
Police and media swarmed Cottage Grove, searching for answers to Helenius's disappearance, and the town was rocked by the situation.
"My sister and I drove by it, and at first I was really, really nervous and I'm like, 'what is going on?' We saw the forensic truck and everything," resident Kimberly Pulliam said.
Residents put up signs around the town, hoping to find Helenius, while police, family members and worried friends gathered at local restaurants like the Koffee Cup.
Helenius is now safe and reunited with her family, but some people feel like there's still missing information.
"Something seems a little bit weird to me," Pulliam said. "Was she found by herself? I don't know. You know, I'm not real sure yet."
The Washington County Sheriff's Office decline to answer any questions on whether or not there was unknown information on Helenius's disappearance, but issued a statement instead:
Ms. Helenius left on her own for personal reasons. When she was located, Ms. Helenius was found to be not in danger and in very good health. Though the manner in which she did it caused a lot of people (including us) much concern, we respect her privacy.
Demi Helenius's family issued a statement Wednesday night.
We were happy and relieved to find out Demi was found safe Tuesday evening. Most importantly at this time, we would like to express our gratitude to the Lane County and Washington County sheriffs, all the news networks that kept running the story, everyone who kept us in their thoughts and prayer, anyone who shared the posts on social media and the amazing people who generously took time out of their lives to hand out fliers and talk to people and businesses. We were overwhelmed with the love and support we felt during this tough time. It definitely restored our faith in humanity. We could not have found her without everyone's exhausted efforts.