Astoria Police Department 9-1-1
voice: (503) 298-2541
fax: (503) 325-4897
555 30th St
Astoria, OR 97103
On January 6, 2009 Shawna Lee Hockett, age 40, called the Astoria Police Department. She had heard that the Police Department was looking for her.
The Astoria Police Department had been contacted by Hockett's landlord on November 11, 2008. The Landlord was concerned because she had not been seen since November 4th. No one the police contacted had any information about where Hockett was. There were several indicators that caused the police officers handling this call concern that Hockett had not planned on being absent.
As part of the follow up on this case Detective Randall, APD, issued a missing person flyer and press release on December 24, 2008. As a result of the press coverage, and police contacts, in this case Hockett's financial institutions were able to notify her that the police had listed her as a missing person. Hockett called the Astoria Police Department and assured them that she had left under her own will and that there was nothing suspicious in the nature of her departure from Astoria. She had travelled to Brookings from Astoria.
While this case resolved as many of these cases resolve, it can serve as a reminder to all of us that a reasonable amount of care should be taken when our plans depart substantially from our normal behaviour. Many hours of investigative resources were put into this case simply because friends and associates did not know where the missing person left for.