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Reward offered for missing 20-year-old Allyson Watterson
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NORTH PLAINS, Oregon – During its third week, the search for a missing Oregon woman has been suspended in a specific area.

However, Rescue commander Tony Morris of the Washington County Sheriff's Office announced Saturday that it is suspending the active search for Allyson Watterson, a 20-year-old woman who has been missing for nearly a week. However, police are still searching in other areas.

"If I believed she was in an area I could find her, this wouldn't be getting suspended," said Morris on Saturday evening. "We've just chased everything we had."

Povolny said that even though they were suspending the immediate search of the area, members of the public should not go out and search those areas for Watterson on their own. All the areas they've been searching are private property, he said.

20-year-old Allyson Joy Watterson was last seen on Sunday, December 22 near North Plains, Oregon.

Washington County Detective Mark Povolny said there had been a 30-hour delay between the time Watterson was last seen and the time she was reported missing.

"We're trying to put together what happened during that time." Povolny said. "She may no longer be in that area. Rescue crews are continuing to search in the same area, off Old Pumpkin Ridge Road in North Plains, but the time delay might mean Watterson could no longer be in the area.

Povolny also said police have received reports that either Watterson or her boyfriend, Benjamin Garland, might have knocked on a door in that area around midnight on Sunday.

Searchers are looking for information regarding Watterson's cellphone. Povolny said that about a month ago, someone gave a cellphone to Watterson's mother, Misty Watterson, who then gave the phone to her daughter. Povolny said police want to know who owned the phone before Allyson and Misty Watterson, because they believe that might give them information about the cellphone provider and access data that could help them track the location of the phone.

Meanwhile, Povolny said officials are trying to put together a timeline of what happened between Watterson's disappearance and when she was reported missing.