Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
According to her son Shoptaugh drove away from the house the she shared with him. She had been acting strangely and spoke of going away. She had also been talking to herself. He son reported her missing on November 14.
On November 15, 2005 a U.S. Forest Service employee found the vehicle, a 1985, Subaru, brown Station wagon,on forest service road 45/340, approximately 4.0 miles from Hwy 224, east of Estacada. The car was found with its door open and the keys still in the ignition. It is believed she walked off into the Mount Hood National Forest.
A three day search found nothing. With Shoptaugh's poor health and physical condition, she would not have been able to travel far by foot in the dense forest where her vehicle was found.
They now suspect that she most likely was never in that area.
On Dec. 3 Timothy Peden of Estacada was arrested after allegedly assaulting Steven Shoptaugh and accusing him of playing a part in his mother's disappearance. Peden and Steven Shoptaugh were acquaintances that spent the morning of Nov. 10 mushrooming in the area of Squaw Mountain.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Major Crimes Unit
Detective Dan Kraus