Missing Vancouver girl, boy with her are found
Searchers combed central Portland overnight for teens who met online
Saturday, March 24, 2012
A 13-year-old Vancouver girl who went missing in Portland on Friday was located by Portland police on Saturday, as was a 15-year-old boy she’d met online.
Portland Police Bureau Missing Persons Detectives worked with North Precinct officers and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office after Ayla Venable disappeared. Her mother and two siblings had dropped her off at Lloyd Center Mall, were she was to meet someone she’d met online. She was last seen walking with a male person later identified as Tremane Jarrod Salazar, a reported runaway from Portland.
Investigators said the girl could possibly have run away, although family members said she’d never done so before. There was also concern that she would not receive medication she takes daily.
The family only recently moved to the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area from a small town in Kansas, and the girl was reportedly not familiar with the area’s mass transit system.
On Saturday, police working with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office identified Salazar. They said he was not a suspect, but was being searched for as a missing juvenile.
Later Saturday, police reported finding Venable in downtown Portland. Salazar was also located and no longer considered a runaway.