ALOHA, Ore. (KOIN) — The Aloha community gathered around candlelight Sunday evening for a woman and mother who has been missing for almost a week. Erin McClintock was last seen on Monday, October 21, when she was dropping her sons off at Aloha High School around 7 a.m.
Family and friends held a candlelight vigil for McClintock Sunday at the Bales Marketplace in Aloha. Open to the public, the event drew hundreds of community members out to the plaza.
“Someone has to have seen her,” said Carolyn Snyder, Erin’s mom. “I feel like someone has to have seen her somewhere.”
The community that has rallied around McClintock has vowed to keep looking for her.
“She was always there,” said family friend Colin Ingram. “She’s been taken away from us right now and we don’t know why.”
Family members became concerned when she didn’t show up for work on Monday. Her mom went out looking for her after being contacted by McClintock’s supervisor.
On Thursday, local police found her car at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton. Fellow parents who know McClintock were the first to recognize the red Kia Soul in the rec center parking lot. That location is a few miles from her home, as well as from the school where she was last seen.
“They found her backpack in her car—just had baseball stuff,” said McClintock’s son Zachary. While they recovered her backpack, her purse was missing from the car.
Fliers were put up around the area of 158th Street in Beaverton. Family of McClintock said it was odd that her car was parked there because she doesn’t swim. Detectives said they found no damage to the car and nothing unusual inside of it.
“The car being found here is suspicious, the family doesn’t know why it’s here — we’re not far away from the home, it’s not as if it was found out in the middle of nowhere,” said Sgt. Danny Dipietro with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday.
McClintock lives with her two sons and her mother. Her ex-husband Reed McClintock lives nearby but family members said nothing seemed unusual the morning before she disappeared.
However, her sons said it was odd that their mom took her iPad that day because she didn’t normally take it. They said she did have her purse and her cellphone with her, though the phone is no longer sending or receiving a signal. Reed said he has been trying to track her phone, but hasn’t had any luck.
“I know that we share the same account for our cell phone, and I have this app running all the time, and nothing is popping up,” said Reed. “It just comes up out of range or the phone is off, but I run it every day.”
McClintock is listed as a missing person. She is 5-foot-5 and about 150 pounds with long blond hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing jeans and a multi-colored hoodie. She has no known medical issues.
If you see her, call the sheriff’s office at 503.629.0111.