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Family of Demi Helenius seeks 'most important clue that the public can help us with'

The family of a missing Portland area woman whose car was found abandoned behind a gas station here Monday traveled to Lane County to mount a search. "We are not sure if she drove it or another person," said Melody Helenius, mother of 23-year-old Demi Helenius. "We need any eyewitness that can place her on I-5 south any time after 3 p.m. Saturday. This is the most important clue that the public can help us with." (SBG)

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - The family of a missing Portland area woman whose car was found abandoned behind a gas station here Monday traveled to Lane County to mount a search.

"We are not sure if she drove it or another person," said Melody Helenius, mother of 23-year-old Demi Helenius. "We need any eyewitness that can place her on I-5 south any time after 3 p.m. Saturday. This is the most important clue that the public can help us with."

Demi Helenius lives with her parents in Rock Creek, outside Portland.

She attended a conference near the Portland Airport on Saturday - and never came home.

Her phone was found in Creswell on Saturday, more than 100 miles south of Portland.

Her car was found Monday in Cottage Grove, another 10 miles south of Creswell.

"Anything is going to help," Casey Cully, Demi's brother, said Tuesday in Cottage Grove. "Demi deserves all of the positivity that we can possibly bring to this and so can our family staying strong, and we are fighting ... we want her back."

Cully said they plan to stay in Cottage Grove all evening to get the word out about his sister's disappearance.

According to her family, Demi was last seen wearing a light shirt, overalls and Tom's shoes. Her hair was pulled back and she had no makeup on.

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