Search continues for missing Springfield mother

"With no leads, no crumbs, we don't know where to start again," said Kamara Houston, Judy Parker's daughter.

Posted: Feb 17, 2018 12:39 PM
Updated: May 3, 2021 12:38 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- It's been more than a year since Judy Parker went missing after going for a walk in Springfield. Her disappearance remains a mystery that her daughter and police are trying to solve.

Kamara Houston said it's as if her mom vanished. Springfield Police said officers have pursued hundreds of leads over the past year, without any luck but Houston said she's not giving up hope.

"With no leads, no crumbs, we don't know where to start again," said Houston.

The last photo taken of Parker was caught on surveillance video on December 30, 2016.

Parker was living in a care home on 11th and R Street in Springfield. Residents living there were able to come and go as they please.

Houston said Parker took walks through the neighborhood often and always returned home but on that walk in December, she never came back.

Lt. Scott McKee said Parker was last seen walking westbound in the 1000 block of R Street. He said that's where a nearby resident captured surveillance video of her. Where she was headed remains a mystery.

"She didn't appear to be in distress; she seemed to be walking with purpose," said Lt. McKee. He said she disappeared just before a significant winter storm.

"Obviously, there was some urgency because of the elements. During that immediate period of time around her disappearance, we did a lot of searching in that immediate area," said Lt. McKee.

He said statistically, people who disappear in a similar way end up being found close to where they left. He adds if they become disoriented, they quickly shelter somewhere.

"They can hide when they shelter and so we've done those kinds of searches to make sure she didn't get under a porch or something like that," said Lt. McKee.

Huston said Parker is 73-years-old and had psychosis, a mental disorder that impairs thoughts and emotions causing a disconnection with external reality.

Since she's gone missing, Lt. McKee said they've received a lot of tips and calls about possible sightings.

"People pay attention to this kind of stuff, because I think it reaches everybody at home because you know, but for the grace of God, any of us could be in that situation where we have a loved one that goes missing or disappears," said Lt. McKee.

Although they've hit a lot of dead ends, he tells me they follow up on every lead even talking to agencies in Tacoma, Washington, where Parker is from.

He said the Springfield Police Department's K9 Team and SWAT Team, the Lane County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Cadaver dogs along with several businesses and countless citizens have all joined the search.

"We've done a lot of coordinated searching and evaluated every bit of surveillance footage we could find in the area as part of that investigation," said Lt. McKee.

Parker is 5'2" with white hair.

He said everyone in the department knows her name: "Her flyer is up in our records area. Anybody who has any information, we would encourage to call us."

He's hoping for credible tips, something Houston said this investigation needs.

"We need eyes and memories and hope that some little shred of evidence will come up and we'll find my mom, whether it's good or bad," said Houston.

Anyone with information is asked to call Springfield Police.

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