Family asks for support in search for missing mother on NorCal coast

DEL NORTE, Ore. —It’s been two weeks Since a Washington woman went missing in the Gasquet area. She was mushroom hunting with her family.

Crews are still unable to find 71-year-old Vana Sisopha. Her family is still looking for answers about her disappearance and holding out hope for their loved one.

Vana, her husband, and their daughter went out to find wild mushrooms near Gasquet but all got separated on February 2nd. Vana’s husband, daughter, dog, pieces of clothing, and mushroom bucket have all been found but she’s still missing

Her family says she’s been mushroom picking for over 20 years and knows the area well.  Crews took a break the last few days because of inclement weather but returned Friday.

Vana’s son says the forest service was called in to pave a path near where the bucket was found, an area that wasn’t focused on before.

“She’s a loving woman, very kind-hearted and a lot of people know her just we are all heartbroken by this incident and want all of this to come to an end,” said Michael Chansavang, her son.

The Del Norte County Sheriff says the search will continue all weekend.

Vana’s friends and family will be there. The family asks you to keep the mother of 7 in your thoughts and prayers.

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Jenna King is the 6pm anchor and our Feature Reporter at 10pm and 11pm for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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