Police say missing Astoria woman walked out on pier and may have entered water


    Maya Sanders is missing. If you see her, contact Astoria police at (503) 325-4411. Photo courtesy Astoria Police Department

    ASTORIA, Ore. – The Astoria Police Department says there is a strong probability that missing woman, 29-year-old Maya Sanders, walked out on a pier and went into the water.

    Thursday morning, Police said search crews spent all day Wednesday looking for Sanders.

    Sanders was reported missing around 4 p.m. Tuesday and police believe she could be in danger.

    Police confirmed someone saw Sanders on the North Tongue Point industrial area at around 3 p.m. Tuesday. Investigators watched surveillance videos from cameras in the area that showed Sanders was alone in the area.

    The video shows Sanders walked north onto a pier and out of the camera frame. The video does not show her returning to shore.

    A search and rescue dog tracked her to the location Sanders was last seen on the video. The dog continued to the end of the pier and stopped, police said.

    “Based on this information there is a strong probability that she went into the water,” said Deputy Police Chief Eric Halverson.

    A drone pilot whose equipment has heat-seeking capabilities, helped the Clatsop County Search and Rescue dive team look for Sanders Wednesday. They stopped their search at around 7 p.m. without locating her.

    The Clatsop County Search and Rescue Team will continue searching for Sanders Thursday morning.

    “We want to be open to all possibilities and ensure we’ve done all we can to locate Maya. Please keep Maya’s family and friends in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time,” Halverson said.

    Previously, police said they are aware Sanders suffers from disabilities that could put her at a higher risk if she isn’t found. She is not dressed for the weather and does not have her cell phone.

    Sanders was last seen wearing a long shirt that is black, white, and green. She had on pink shoes. She is about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds.

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