UPDATE #3: Charlene Otis Found, Reuniting With Family (Photo)

January 23, 2022 11:32

  

This morning, East Precinct officers were dispatched to report of a person down in the 3200 block of Southeast 50th Avenue. When they arrived they located Charlene Otis. She was suffering from some effects of exposure but otherwise appeared healthy. She is now enroute to the hospital by ambulance for a medical evaluation. Family has been notified and is on their way to reunite with her. The Portland Police Bureau is grateful to everyone who helped look for Charlene and shared her photos on social media, to the news organizations who spread the word, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, and Tri-Met for their assistance.

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The search continues for Charlene Otis. Family is releasing additional photos of her, including one with the black furry hat she is believed to be wearing. We are asking our community to keep an eye out for her, especially in the neighborhoods surrounding Southeast 162nd Avenue and Southeast Mill Street. It's still not clear if she boarded any busses. If anyone sees her please call 911. If anyone has other information about this case, e-mail the Missing Persons Unit at missing@portlandoregon.gov. The case number is 22-19108.

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The Columbia County Search and Rescue team responded with two search dogs to help track Charlene Otis from her home and their work may offer clues to where she might be. The dogs were following her scent to the area of Southeast 162nd Avenue and Southeast Mill Street, where they lost the trail abruptly at a bus stop. They think it is possible Charlene may have boarded a Tri-Met bus, although she is not familiar with the Tri-Met system. Portland Police Missing Persons detectives are working with Tri-Met to see if they have any information about Charlene. Multnomah County Search and Rescue also responded to assist with the search. The Portland Police Bureau is grateful for the assistance of these highly trained and skilled search teams.

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The Portland Police Bureau is requesting help from the public to look out for a missing person.

Charlene Otis (photo), 79, left her residence, located at in the Hazelwood neighborhood this morning, January 21, 2022. She does not usually go out unaccompanied and has not returned. Charlene is diagnosed with dementia and may be unable to find her way back home.

Charlene is African-American female, 5'7" tall, 160 pounds. She does not have her glasses with her as seen in the photo. She is believed to be wearing a black fur hat, black coat, and either black shoes with a pick Nike swoosh or burgundy clogs. She walks slowly and does not utilize any walking aids.

If anyone sees her, please call 911. If anyone has other information about this case, e-mail the Missing Persons Unit at missing@portlandoregon.gov. The case number is 22-19108.

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