Missing woman's found found; police seek help finding her

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2017

Demi Helenius had planned to spend a weekend at the self-help conference Landmark Forum, but after she didn't contact her parents on Saturday night, they called her phone, said Washington County Sgt. David Thompson to The Oregonian.

When the conference took a dinner break at 6pm, police say she did not return, KGW.com reported.

A man driving through a Dairy Queen in Creswell, Oregon, on Saturday night, handed the employee Helenius' cellphone and drove off.

After several attempts to reach her, a Dairy Queen worker picked up her phone at the Creswell fast food joint, which is about 120 miles from Portland, authorities said.

Later, police found her vehicle, a black 2013 Volkswagen Beetle, in Cottage Grove, around 10 miles from Creswell, Oregon.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office say Lane County deputies located Demi Helenius in Roseburg around 8:30 p.m. thanks to a public tip. The worker said a man went through the drive-thru, said he found the phone and turned it in, according to Thompson.

We could not have found her without everyone's exhausted efforts.

"She's going to college, she writes music, she's a half-marathoner, and she is full of life, and this is not her character", said Melody Helenius.

Her cell phone was found in a Dairy Queen parking lot a few hours after she went missing from the conference in Portland (top). She had last been seen attending a conference near Portland International Airport.

The man told authorities he found the phone after seeing someone throw an object from a auto in a nearby parking lot. He is not considered a suspect.

Detectives from the Washington County Sheriff's Office are working with Oregon State Police, Cottage Grove Police and the Lane County Sheriff's Office on the investigation.

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