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BPA worker missing since 1987

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A box full of memories - good and bad - still has room in Joy Miner's Southeast Portland home after 27 years.

Inside, there are letters from her stepdaughter Julie Weflen.

Miner reads from one letter written in June of 1987. "Hi Daddy and Joy, I bet this will be late. Sorry. I will call."

There are pictures too, and fliers pleading for information in Julie's disappearance.

"She knew I loved her. She was like my daughter really," says Miner.

Joy Miner remembers visiting Julie that summer before she disappeared and has one, huge regret.

"I didn't hug her goodbye," says Miner. "Bob did of course and I think back, you know, wasn't any reason I shouldn't have. But I have that regret."

Julie Weflen became one of the first women electrical technicians working in the Northwest for the federal Bonneville Power Administration.

In September of 1987, Weflen went to check a substation outside Spokane and vanished.

The Bonneville Power Administration posted on Facebook in 2012 about the case and an additional $25,000 reward added to the $80,000 existing reward.

There were signs of a struggle where Julie Weflen vanished.

Weflen's car door was left open and some of her equipment was strewn on the ground.

Searches on the ground and in the air found no other clues to what happened to Julie.

Billboards went up in Portland too.

Still nothing.

Twenty-seven years of nothing.

That hasn't stopped a half dozen of Julie Weflen's now-retired co-workers.

"We're advocating for Julie Weflen," retired BPA employee Charlie Feris tells people leaving the Portland BPA building Tuesday morning. "She was one of our employees who disappeared back in 1987."

Julie's former co-workers spent part of their day Tuesday handing out fliers to BPA workers seeking information in Julie Weflen's disappearance.

They haven't forgotten.

"We're not those kind. We're gonna keep workin' it," says former BPA worker John Polos.

"When I heard that nothing was being done I just decided had to do something," adds Charlie Feris.

That gives Joy Miner hope for answers and healing.

"Maybe something like that will cause the case to be closed," says Miner.

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