Corvallis Police ask for help in finding missing at-risk teen

Corvallis Police

On Thursday August 20th Ava Carey, age 16, left her home in northeast Corvallis to go to a nearby park.  She did not return when expected.  Ava’s family reported her as missing to the Corvallis Police Department that night, expressing their amplified concern because Ava is a special needs child. 

The Corvallis Police Department shares the Carey family’s concern and continues to work day and night to find Ava Carey.  Officers have searched the area with the assistance of the Corvallis Police K9, continue to canvass surrounding neighborhoods and engaged the community in an effort to locate her. We have also been in communication with other law enforcement agencies and community partners to ask for their help in finding Ava.  We are grateful to the community volunteers who have come out to help search for her and post flyers in coordination with the Corvallis School District.

Based on the information we have at this time, Ava was last seen with her skateboard in the 700 block NE Conifer Bv at about 6:00 PM on August 20th.  Ava is described as 5'6", 107 lbs, with reddish auburn hair which is shaved on one side and commonly worn in a ponytail. She was last seen wearing blue jeans with a black t-shirt and running shoes with a dark colored “fisherman’s cap.” Ava left with her skateboard.

Officers continue to follow up on every lead we receive, but the Corvallis Police Department is asking for help in finding Ava.  If you have seen her since she left home on August 20th, please call our dispatch center 541-766-6911.  We ask you only call if you have seen Ava; calling for status updates or questions will only tie up resources we could be using to find her.