Private search, candlelight vigil for Allyson Watterson

Missing Persons

Allyson Watterson has been missing since December 22, 2019

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (KOIN) — Another private search for Allyson Watterson started at 9 a.m. Friday, and in the evening of that same day, held a candlelight vigil.

The 20-year-old has been missing in the North Plains area since December 22. She was last seen by her boyfriend that day and despite multiple searches by both professionals and volunteers, there hasn’t been a trace of her.

About 10 volunteers searched a part of North Plains that had not yet been covered in previous searched. They walked for six hours, but did not find her.

After the search, at 7:30 p.m., a candlelight vigil for Allyson was held at Jessie Mays Community Park on NW Hillcrest Street in North Plains. Participants said they were “lighting candles to help Allyson find her way home.”

A crowd gathers at the vigil for Allyson Watterson. January 10, 2020 (KOIN)

More than 100 people gathered in the cold, windy, and wet weather to light candles and show support for the search for Allyson.

For the last three weeks, Misty Watterson and her family have been tormented with questions about her daughter’s disappearance. Misty has done dozens of interviews with media outlets, posted thousands of flyers across several Oregon counties, and even some in California.

“I can’t stop looking for her. She’s my child, I can’t stop,” said Misty.

Even in her determination, there were moments, like Friday night, when she held back tears.

Candles and missing persons posters at the vigil for Allyson Watterson. January 10, 2020 (KOIN)

At the vigil, family and friends of the Watterson’s sold sweatshirts with Allyson’s picture on them, and stickers with the hashtag “Find Allyson.” Misty said the money will go toward a reward for information that leads to finding her daughter.

“She’s going to come home,” said Misty. “I will find her. I will see her again.”

Misty told KOIN 6 News they will make a formal announcement on the reward for information soon.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

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