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Tuesday, October 3, 2023
Oct. 3, 2023

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Clark County Sheriff’s Office seeks public’s help finding Oregon woman

By , Columbian staff reporter

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help finding an Oregon woman who was last seen in January walking onto Interstate 5 near La Center.

Crystal Edna Cottle, 58, missed her train home Jan. 4 from Kelso to Springfield, Ore. Kelso police contacted her at the Amtrak station, and officers last saw her at about 7:45 p.m. near I-5 Exit 39, according to a sheriff’s office notice.

Cottle was then captured on video at about 8:20 p.m. arriving at ilani. She was also captured at about 9:30 p.m. leaving the Cowlitz Crossing Chevron next to the casino. She was last seen walking alone onto the I-5 southbound onramp at Exit 16, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies describe her as 5 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 132 pounds, with blonde hair and hazel eyes. She reportedly has a tattoo on her left ankle that says “natural beauty” in script. She also has a 4-inch scar on her left calf, according to the missing person notice.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts since January is asked to contact the sheriff’s office’s Major Crimes Unit’s tip line at 564-397-2847.