UPDATE: Wilma Acosta Found Deceased, No Foul Play Suspected

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January 03, 2024 13:46


On Tuesday, January 2, 2024, deputies assigned to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office River Patrol Unit located a body in the Willamette River near Cathedral Park. The Medical Examiner has positively identified the body as that of missing person Wilma Acosta. While the Medical Examiner still needs to determine the official cause and manner of death, authorities on scene observed no signs of foul play.

Acosta’s family has been notified of the discovery of her body. The family is requesting privacy at this time, but they wanted to share the following statement with the community:

“Our family would like to ask that our privacy is respected at this time. We first and foremost want to thank God for allowing us to find Wilma and letting us put her to rest. We would like to thank all of those who have been helpful to us during this incredibly difficult time: Portland Fire & Rescue’s Dive Team; Portland Police Bureau; the MMIW and MMI groups for their help and for treating us like family; Commissioner Rubio for opening her doors and giving our family a place to rest while we searched for Wilma; the faith community, including Pastor Robin Wisener; Honorary Consul for Guatemala Marta Guembes; and all those who walked with us and provided us with so much needed help.”

Anyone with information about Acosta's disappearance is asked to contact PPB’s Missing Persons Unit at missing@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-306375.


***Original Message Below***

The Portland Police Bureau’s Missing Persons Unit is looking for a missing endangered woman and anyone who sees her is asked to contact PPB.

Wilma Acosta, 28, was last seen leaving a bar near the corner of Northwest Couch Street and Northwest 3rd Avenue in the early morning hours of November 26, 2023. Acosta’s cell phone was tracked to the Japanese American Historical Plaza on the west side of the Willamette River, but Acosta was not located in the area.

Acosta has reportedly had suicidal ideations in the past and a history of depression.

Acosta is a Latina, 5’5 to 5’6 tall, 150 lbs, and she was last seen wearing a black lace shirt, black coat, black pants, and black boots. Acosta has several tattoos on her body and three piercings on her bottom lip.

Anyone who sees Acosta is urged to contact PPB’s Missing Persons Unit at missing@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-306375.

Photo description: Portrait of Acosta
Photo description: Missing flyer created by Acosta’s family



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