Mom, 3-year-old son vanish in Oregon

The Fretwells. (Salem Police Dept.)

SALEM, Ore. – An Oregon mom and her 3-year-old son have not been seen or heard from since May 13.

The family of Karissa Alyn Fretwell, 25, and son William (Billy) Fretwell reported the pair missing last week, the Salem Statesman Journal reports, and Salem police asked the public to report any information on the two to its non-emergency line, 503-588-6123.

A friend who regularly watched William told the newspaper she last spoke to Fretwell May 11 when Fretwell had questions about installing a security camera system. The friend was supposed to watch William May 17, but never heard from Fretwell.

A neighbor told KOIN that about two months ago, "We heard a man and woman arguing incredibly loud. The man was swearing a lot and there was a kid crying in the background, and the woman was yelling at him to get out of her apartment."

Authorities have not released much information, including whether any of Fretwell's personal belongings were missing, but a white Grand Am registered to her was still parked on the street in front of her apartment, and a green Mercury Mountaineer parked in front of it had a college financial aid application on its passenger seat that appeared to have been signed by Fretwell.

Her friend said Fretwell works as an overnight security guard while studying education at Western Oregon University, and added, "She has a strong work ethic. She'd never miss work."

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