Clackamas County dive team searches for missing mother and son

A Clackamas County Sheriff's Office dive team and other law enforcement agencies spent May 24, 2019 searching bodies of water for Karissa Fretwell and her son Billy who have been missing since May 13. Photo courtesy Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office dive team says it’s working with other nearby law enforcement agencies to search bodies of water in the area for a missing woman and her 3-year-old son.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Salem Police Department, and Yamhill County Sheriff's Office are helping the dive team with the search in Yamhill County. They have not publicly released what they were looking for or what led them to the search areas.


Thursday night, KATU learned from a search warrant that investigators are looking for evidence of homicide and the bodies of Karissa Fretwell and her son, Billy. They were last seen May 13.

Police are looking to question the boy’s biological father, 52-year-old Michael John Wolfe of Gaston. Police say he’s a person of interest in the case.

When asked about the warrant that indicated they were searching for evidence of homicide and Karissa and Billy’s bodies, Salem police did not have any comment.

Thursday, police searched Wolfe’s property near Gaston in Yamhill County for the Fretwells, or any leads that could help in solving the missing persons case.

They had also been collecting evidence from Karissa’s home.

Wolfe is described as about 6 feet 2 inches tall, and weighs more than 200 pounds. He has thinning brown hair and hazel eyes.

Police describe Karissa as about 5-foot 9-inches tall, weighing 135 pounds, with blue eyes and blond hair that she dyes red.

Billy is about three feet tall, weighing 30 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

If you see him or have any helpful tips in the case, call Salem Police Department Tips Hotline at 503-588-8477.

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