NE Ore. officers believe missing woman kidnapped



HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in northeast Oregon’s Umatilla County say a Hermiston woman missing since Thursday was kidnapped by her estranged boyfriend.

Investigators with the sheriff’s office believe 26-year-old Melody Mickel is being held against her will. They are searching for 28-year-old Albert Martinez, who is a registered sex offender and has a history of kidnapping.

Authorities said Monday that a temporary warrant has been entered nationwide for Martinez for kidnapping.

Sheriff’s officers say Mickel was taken from her work in Hermiston at about 5:30 a.m. last Thursday. She was later reported missing by a co-worker.