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Search for Missing Salem Mom and Son Moves to Yamhill County; Person of Interest Sought

UPDATE – There is now a person of interest in the case, 52-year-old Michael Wolfe of Gaston. Court documents confirm Wolfe is the boy’s father.


The Salem Police Department has developed a person of interest in the disappearance of Karissa and William Fretwell.

Michael John Wolfe, age 52 of Gaston, Oregon, is sought for questioning by the Salem Police Department and the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office.

Wolfe is a white male adult, 6’ 2” tall, and weighs more than 200 pounds. He has thinning brown hair and hazel eyes.

Investigators ask the public for help in locating Wolfe. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call the Salem Police Department Tips Hotline at 503-588-8477.

HOPEWELL, Ore. – The search for Karissa Fretwell and her son, William, has moved to two rural properties in Yamhill County.

Salem Police Lt. Treven Upkes says he can’t say what has led detectives from Salem, but confirms about 20 searchers are working within a quarter-mile square.

The Fretwell’s were last seen on May 13th and were reported missing on the 17th. The two live in West Salem.

Police are still asking for tips. Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is asked to contact the Salem Police Tips Hotline at 503-588-8477.


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