Originally published April 30, 2014 at 12:00a.m., updated April 30, 2014 at 09:05a.m.
Update 4/30/14 9 a.m.: According to Linfield College, Michelle Kawachi was located the evening of April 29 in Newport. She is safe and her family has been notified.
MCMINNVILLE — Hood River native Michelle Kawachi, a Linfield College student, has been missing since April 17.
Kawachi has not been in contact with close friends or family since that date, according to McMinnville Police Department.
Kawachi’s family contacted the college and police April 27 after they attempted to find her at her on-campus apartment, known as The Quad. According to Capt. Dennis Marks of MPD, the family had been unable to contact her, checked her room, and found out that her phone was either off or not working.
Kawachi, a senior technology arts major, has been entered as a missing person and has not been located as of press time Tuesday.
She is believed last seen at the McMinnville Shari’s Restaurant, early on April 21.
Kawachi, 22, is about 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 135 pounds and has black hair and dark brown eyes. She owns and operates a blue or turquoise 1992 Toyota Celica two-door with Oregon license SSY790.
McMinnville officers have interviewed family, close friends and local students and have not gotten any information on her whereabouts. College spokeswoman Mardi Mileham said the college has contacted her professors and advisors and learned she was not on a scheduled school-related trip.
Marks said, “electronically, the last electronic connections anyone has had with her was on April 17. There were several possible sightings since then, which we are investigating, and this may prove to be nothing; but there are enough question marks that we have along with the family. We are doing what we can to help.”
He said Linfield’s public safety staff “has been asking the right questions and helping out with the family.”
Anyone who knows where she is at or has any information about her or her vehicle is asked to call McMinnville Police Department at 503-434-7307 or after-hours, 503-434-6500.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge