PORTLAND The family of a Portland 14-year-old missing and presumed murdered has pleaded with the public to keep hope alive as the search for Yashanee Vaughn s body continues.
Vaughn's grandmother, Reynelda Hayes told KGWMonday the family has strong hopes that fliers showing Yashanee's smiling face posted all over town will compel someone to come forward with clues that will help police solve her case.
It's very important, the more they print and post, the more fliers we hand out, the more people will come forward, Hayes said. We're trying to keep Shanee's face out there.
Print the Yashanee Vaughn search flier
Crews searched the most difficult areas of Rocky Butte Sunday for evidence in Vaughn s murder and disappearance. Searchers focused on a series of caves along cliffs inside the 200-acre park.
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Even without a body in the case, grand jury members Friday decided there was enough evidence to indict 16-year-old Parrish Bennette, Jr. with the murder of Vaughn, his 14-year-old girlfriend.
Family and friends were hoping to encourage others to shed light on this case. They remembered Vaughn at an emotional vigil Saturday night near Madison High School.
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Fliers with detailed information about Vaughn are being distributed throughout the community. Family members hope the information will generate tips to help detectives and prosecutors.
Anything, whether you hear it at school, on the MAX, parties or whatever, please pass those tips along to us, said Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson.
Police said Vaughn was killed in a house not far from Rocky Butte.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Police did not say what, if anything, they found during the Rocky Butte searches.
Timeline: Yashanee Vaughn case