Search continues for missing Shady Cove woman two years later

KTVL / Jennevieve Fong

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office continues their search for a Shady Cove resident Malina Nickel two years later. 31-year-old Nickel was last seen at her home just before Thanksgiving in 2016.

Nickel was reported missing by her mother, after her family found her white 2002 Ford Escape abandoned near the Trail post office.

Deputies said a witness reported an unidentified male was seen walking away from her vehicle and getting a ride to a gas station.

"This isn't something that everybody is going to be on the look out for, but there are that people that have that key information," Sgt. Julie Denney said. "We just need them to come forward so that we can help provide answers for Malina's family. "

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information to come forward to help their investigation.

As the mother of two children, family members said she wouldn't have left them behind.

"Detectives have been in contact with the family through out the investigation," Denney said. "We've worked with out search and rescue to conduct a lot of searches to follow up on a lot of leads and the family has been directly involved with that from the beginning."

Deputies said all leads have been investigated and they have been working with search and rescue teams to conduct searches at different locations in the area.

"The longer an investigation goes on, the more difficult it can be and that’s why it’s so important that we get that information that we need to lead us to Malina," Denney said.

If you have any information, please call or text Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 1-800-850-0580 and refer to case number KTVL 11-27-18.

Depending on the case and information given, Rogue Credit Union will pay up to $1,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest and filing of charges.

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