Kennewick Women Desperate to find Her Grandma
Today marks exactly two weeks since Betty Counts, the beloved Grandma of Jena Usher has been missing. She and her little dog Max left their home on the eve of July 4th and has not been heard from since. We originally shared the missing person (which shortly there after became a silver alert) post to try to help locate Betty to no avail. It has been mind boggling for the family, Jena tells me she suspects foul play and "there is just no freaking way she just fell off the face of the earth!"
Many states have been involved in the attempt to locate Betty, as she lives in Prineville Oregon, her debit card was last used in Moses Lake, Washington in the early morning of July 4th and the last sighting report of her was in Plummer Idaho. Betty's family has traveled the entire Pacific Northwest visiting every hospital, Police department, gas station, casino, rest stop and restaurant in hopes that just one person may have seen her. Sadly it has turned up nothing. The last time someone had reported seeing her (possibly) was in Plummer Idaho. Jena tells me they talked to almost every single person in that small town and once again turned up nothing. We ask you all to keep your eye out for every passing white car on the road and call 911 Immediately if you detect anything! Below is the original post with the full details from the Prineville police department:
*********************MISSING PERSON******************** Betty Counts (83) 5'6" about 165, grey hair, green eyes, wearing jean shorts, and driving a white, Infiniti, EX3, with Oregon License Plate 873MNT. Areas of Interest: Washington (Central/Eastern), Idaho, Montana, and Oregon. Last seen in Ephrata, Washington at about 1:03 AM, on July 4th. Last phone contact was July 4th, at about 930 AM, possibly near Moscow, Idaho. ############################################## On July 4th, 2021 at about 7:00 AM, Sgt. Wilson took a missing person report on a 83 year old female named Betty Counts. Betty's husband reported her as missing after she left their residence in Prineville on Saturday morning, July 3rd, after a minor argument. Earlier, she had mentioned possibly visiting a friend in Eugene Oregon, but prior to leaving she said she may visit her granddaughter in Kennewick, Washington. Betty had also mentioned visiting a family member in Montana. (It was reported Betty was not taking medications nor had she been diagnosed with Dementia, but does forget things sometimes and may have early onset of Dementia.) While investigating this case Sgt. Wilson spoke to the reporting party again, about two hours after taking the initial report. Sgt. Wilson learned the reporting party had spoken to Betty over the phone after he had reported her as missing. At that time Betty reported she was in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho at some point, and got turned around while looking for fuel to return home. He encouraged her to call 911, but she didn't think she needed help. When he asked her for a landmark she said she saw a sign that said "Moscow this way." Since that phone call no one has heard from Betty. After Betty was assigned as a missing person we received a call from Ephrata Police Department. They claimed to have received a 911 call from Betty on July 4th at about 1:03 AM. It was reported to them that she was in a white "fusion" (later confirmed it was her Infiniti) in the US Bank parking lot and she was lost. She claimed she was trying to get home, but didn't know her address. Betty was offered a room to stay in for the evening, but she refused and just wanted to know how to get to I90. Officers reported she left the area headed south out of Ephrata. We have had a 15 minute ping set up on Betty's phone, but her phone has been off for the majority of the day. Det. Vollmer is working with the FBI to try and navigate her path up to our last phone contact with Betty, and also working on tracking her financials to better concentrate our efforts in the areas she may be in. Betty is listed in LEDS/NCIC so if she is contacted again she will be taken in protective custody to be reunited with her family. If you locate Betty or see her vehicle please call police immediately. PPD Case #21000943, and case agents are Sgt. Wilson and Det. Vollmer. You can reach them by calling 541-447-4168, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We will update this post once we get a new location of where Betty may be. Please help us share this post. -Capt. Seymour
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