Husband of missing Jacksonville runner speaks out

Jacksonville, Ore. —  Police and dozens of volunteers continue to search the Jacksonville area for missing woman, Ashley Laird. The local doctor was last seen going for a run around 9:30 Friday morning.

“It felt like a typical running day, which is everyday,” her husband Dan Arnold said. “I don’t know what to hope for, I want her to walk through the door right now.”

Arnold has been working with investigators to determine where she may have gone. Laird is an avid runner who’s taken on 50k races. Arnold said she often doesn’t plan her route — instead, choosing the roads and distance as she goes.

It’s a factor that Jacksonville Police Chief David Towe said has been an added difficulty in the search.

“Everywhere.. anywhere and everywhere is the focus of the search right now,” Chief Towe said.

Authorities are asking the public for any information, to help narrow down the very wide-spread search. Towe said their biggest lead is in the hands of anyone who saw her on Friday.

“Maybe they saw something, maybe they saw her run by their house at a particular time yesterday morning, we need to know that,” Towe said.

Here’s what we know:

  • Laird left her house on South Third street in Jacksonville around 9:30 Friday morning.
  • She was last seen wearing a dark green shirt with a ‘Way Too Cool 50k’ logo.
  • She was also wearing a red and white Stanford baseball cap, and shorts.
  • She’s described as a petite woman with blonde hair, standing 5-foot-3, weighing around 100 pounds.

If you saw Laird running on Friday, have surveillance video of the roads in Jacksonville, or have any additional information, you are asked to call police. The non-emergency line is (541) 776-7208.

Police say at this time, there’s no danger to public.

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