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Foster child reported 'missing and endangered' from Portland, found safe

16-year-old Mataya Gearhart who went missing from the Portland area on Monday, has been found safe

Posted: May 30, 2020 1:18 PM

UPDATE - May 30th, 2020 : Mataya Gearhart has been found safe late Friday night according to the Oregon Department of Human Services. 

D.H.S. says its thankful for the community support to find her. No further details have been released


Original Post: 

SALEM, Ore. — A foster child who went missing from the Portland area on Monday may be in "critical danger and may be held against her will," according to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).

16-year-old Mataya Gearhart disappeared on the night of May 26. She is believed to be in Seaside, Oregon with a man known by the name Torry Stewart. DHS said that she could also be in southern Oregon or northern California.

"The Oregon Department of Human Services asks the public to help in the effort to find her and to contact 911 or local law enforcement if they believe they see her," the agency said in a statement.

Gearhart was first reported missing on the morning of Tuesday, May 27.

Anyone who may have information about Gearhart's whereabouts should call 911 or local law enforcement. More information about Gearhart and the case can be found below.

Name: Mataya Gearhart
Date of birth: Nov. 7, 2003
Height: 5’06
Weight: 180 pounds
Portland Police Bureau Case #20-172655
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children # 1391926

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233). This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. You can also report child abuse by calling a local police department, county sheriff, county juvenile department, or Oregon State Police.

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