Alissa Marie McCrann - Strange disappearances from the U.S. wilderness

Alissa Marie McCrann, disappeared December 19th, 2015, Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Alissa Marie McCrann Multnomah falls disappearance

Alissa Marie McCrann, 37, from Portland in Oregon disappeared whilst on a run near the Multnomah Falls in the Columbia Gorge on Saturday, December 19th, 2015. The attraction is around a 30 minute drive from Portland.

The authorities were informed on Monday December 21st, when Alissa didn't turn up for work at Sunshine Dairy. Her cellphone was last used at around 10am on December 19th to make a Facebook post but after that calls went to voice mail. The phone last pinged on Cascade Ave in Tigard, around a 45 minute drive to the Falls. 

Her 2011 Mazda CX7 was found parked at the Multnomah Falls parking lot on December 22nd after Alissa left her home located in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood. She lived with her Korean parents and her 13-year-old son and had no known medical or mental health issues. 

Multnomah Falls Oregon

A couple reported a possible sighting of Alissa on the Saturday afternoon at around 3pm near Franklin ridge. She was wearing running clothes and shoes but had no food or water with her and was not wearing gear suitable for cold weather. Searchers scoured trails with no luck. They said they have spoken to Alissa and advised her to head back to her car but she had run off down the trail in an apparent bid to stay warm.

According to, "The Franklin Ridge Loop hike is a great option for hikers looking to link up the heavily trafficked, well-known waterfalls along Multnomah and Oneonta Creek with several peaceful miles of solitude. It is also a good transition from from the area's easier day hikes into the more strenuous hikes."

Over 100 Searchers scoured over 150 miles of trails in the gorge focusing on around Franklin Ridge, but found nothing, hampered by over a foot of fresh snow at higher elevations. Sniffer dogs were deployed but failed to pick up a scent. Crews say they had a plane fly over the area but the pilot found no signs of McCrann anywhere. 

The search was suspended on Thursday, December 24th due to the dangerous weather conditions. The sheriff's office consulted with a wilderness doctor from OHSU Hospital, and the Portland Police Bureau's missing persons unit before deciding to suspend search efforts.

A friend Eric Ledecky describes her an an upbeat, friendly person."She'd do anything for you. She's the first one at your party. During birthdays, she gets you things. She'd help others out without asking for things in return. She's a good person. Everyone should have a friend like her."

On Saturday, January 23, 2016, the search for Alissa was resumed, which police classified as a recovery mission. 60 volunteers took part but again no luck. The Facebook page dedicated to finding her posted an update after the weekend search ended. "Even though we did not find her, it felt wonderful to know the community has not forgotten Alissa. Such an amazing outpouring of love and support. Again, all my love and respect goes out to the teams that helped orchestrate this latest search. They had a lot of manpower above the falls today and hopefully the next search is the one that brings her home. We really miss her."

Over two years after Alissa disappeared, no trace has been found of her remains. It is strange that she was seen running so late in the day in December when darkness would soon fall, especially for an experienced runner in Oregon. Did hypothermia cause her to run off trail for some reason and seek shelter which has made it more difficult to locate her body? Despite her 13 year old son, did she plan to intentionally disappear?