CORVALLIS, Ore. – Police believe a 19-year-old Eugene woman has been abducted from an apartment complex in this small college town.
Brooke Wilberger was reported missing Monday, after she disappeared from an apartment complex across the street from Oregon State University's (search) football stadium. She had been visiting her sister and brother-in-law while on summer break from Brigham Young University (search) in Provo, Utah.
"There's every indication to us that some kind of crime was committed," said Capt. Robert Deutsch.
Wilberger's family told police that Brooke is a devout, studious Mormon who doesn't smoke, drink or party. Her longtime boyfriend is currently in South America on a mission trip.
"This is a person who is completely responsible, who doesn't have any kind of record," he said. "It's so out of character."
Wilberger had been staying with her sister and brother-in-law, Stephani and Zack Hansen, who manage the Corvallis apartment complex where she was last seen. Her parents, Greg and Cammy Wilberger, live in Veneta, Ore., near Eugene.
Wilberger was helping clean outside the apartments Monday morning when her sister left for a few minutes, Deutsch said.
Hansen told police that when she returned at about 10:30 a.m., her sister was gone. The family reported Wilberger's disappearance later that day, after searching for the missing woman.
Zack Hansen described his sister-in-law as "a very good girl," and said the family believes Wilberger was abducted.
Crews from the Benton County Sheriff's Search and Rescue spent Monday night looking for Wilberger in nearby ravines, creeks and forestland.
Deutsch said the Corvallis police will consult with the FBI on the case.
Other cases of missing college coeds have captured the nation's attention in recent months.
University of Wisconsin student Audrey Seiler disappeared from her apartment in Madison, Wis., March 27 and was found in a nearby marsh on March 31. Police later determined the abduction was a hoax.
Dru Sjodin, who attended the University of North Dakota, was found dead April 17 in a northwest Minnesota ravine, five months after she disappeared from a shopping mall parking lot in Grand Forks, N.D.
Wilberger is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 105 to 110 pounds. She has shoulder-length blonde hair, blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a gray Brigham Young University sweatshirt jeans, small hoop earrings and a ring with the initials "CTR" engraved on it.
Deutsch said that Wilberger also has a scar on her right arm from her elbow to her wrist.