TIGARD, Ore. -- Police renewed their months-long effort Thursday to find a mother on the run whose 6-year-old daughter had tested positive for meth.

Leslie Von Wald, 44, has been indicted by a Washington County grand jury on charges of distributing methamphetamine and warrants were issued for her arrest. She remains on the run and may be driving a white 1998 Volvo S70 with Oregon plate WTV025 and a temporary tag.

Police showed up around 6 a.m. April 18 at the Cascade Mobile Villa, 8915 SW Commercial Street and entered two homes without incident.

Inside one, they found two women, 40-year-old Stephanie L. Matsuura and 51-year-old Lisa L. Lewis, with what police described as a sizable amount of heroin. They also seized drug paraphernalia, a handgun and over $5,000 cash.

Both women were later indicted by a Washington County grand jury for unlawful possession and delivery of heroin.

At a second home, they found Von Wald sleeping with her daughter. In another room were her 16-year-old son and a male friend. Police found a pound of meth in the that home, along with about $4,600 in cash.

Some at Cascade Mobile Villa said Thursday that they were shocked by Von Wald's alleged behavior.

I think that's absolutely terrible, said Eva Elliot. I mean meth is illegal. There is absolutely no reason to expose that to a six year old. That is so completely and totally wrong.

It was unclear how the child wound up with meth in her system. The children have been placed in state foster care.

Anyone with information about Von Wald was asked to contact the Tigard Police Tip- line at 503-718-COPS (2677).


Pat Dooris contributed to this report

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