Woman reported missing
Was last seen in Blue River area a week ago
April 13, 2023 | View PDF
BLUE RIVER: The Lane County Sheriff’s Office and family members are asking the public for help in finding a missing Blue River woman.
According to LCSO reports, Mekenna Reiley was last seen on Thursday evening, April 6th. Friends and neighbors say they hadn’t seen or heard from the 40-year-old since.
The Sheriff’s Office says that Reiley’s phone, purse, vehicle, and dog were left behind at her residence near Blue River Reservoir, but her location was unknown.
It’s feared Reiley may be suffering from a mental health crisis. Police said it wasn’t known what she may be wearing, other than a blue pair of waterproof boots.
“We are actively working the case still but have not uncovered any additional information yet to assist with the search,” according to LCSO Sergeant Tom Speldrich “Search & Rescue has been apprised of the case since early on, however, there have not been any areas identified for them to search.”
Reiley’s family has launched an online effort to raise money for a search party.
“My family and I are completely devastated,” according to her brother Bevin. “If you are friends with Mekenna you know she does not go anywhere without her dog, let alone her purse or car. There are only three police officers covering her area which is the size of the state of Connecticut. We were told they can’t afford to hire a search party and the officer covering the case is off for the next three days. My family and I are in complete panic and trying to do our best from here to figure out the situation from across the country. We are asking for good thoughts and prayers to be sent our way.”
According to the family’s GoFundMe page, “no one has spoken to her since Tuesday when she reached out wanting to come back home soon. Mekenna was not involved with the best people and we fear the worst from some of the company she was keeping.”
Bevin said money raised from the site “will be hiring a search party to cover and investigate. We will fly out there and do whatever had to be done to find her or bring justice to what has happened. We do not want our sister/daughter to be another person missing in the mountains of Oregon.”
On Tuesday morning, April 11th, the GoFundMe site had raised $11,451 toward its target of $20,000. People who want to make a contribution can go to tinyurl.com/yvmfsxup.
The sheriff’s office is also asking people who have information regarding Reiley’s whereabouts to contact them at 541-682-4150, reference LCSO case number 23-1855.