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Police seek Oregon man in case of missing mother and son, 3

May 24, 2019
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This undated photo provided by the Salem, Oregon, Police Department shows Karissa Alyn Fretwell and her 3-year-old son William "Billy" Fretwell, as they seek the public's help in finding them. Authorities said Thursday, May 23, 2019, that the boy's father, Michael John Wolfe, is a person of interest in the disappearance of the pair. Fretwell hasn't been heard from since May 13. Her family reported her missing on May 17 when she didn't show up for work. Court records show that DNA testing identified Wolfe was the father of the child last June. (Salem Police Department via AP)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon authorities searching for a single mother and her 3-year-old son identified the child’s biological father as a person of interest in the case Thursday, the same day they converged on two rural properties in the 10-day-old hunt.

Police in Salem, Oregon, want to question Michael John Wolfe of Gaston, Oregon, in the case.

Court papers show that the missing woman, 25-year-old Karissa Alyn Fretwell, went to court last year to establish that Wolfe was the father of her son, William.

A DNA test verified her claim, and Fretwell then filed a petition seeking more than $1,000 a month in child support from Wolfe, court records show. She has full custody of the child.

Fretwell hasn’t been heard from since May 13, and her family reported her and her son missing when she didn’t show up for work May 17. She is a student at Western Oregon University.

Authorities declined to comment on the court case involving Wolfe and Fretwell.

Fretwell’s Facebook page is full of smiling photos of her and William, including one in the hospital right after his birth.

In her profile, she wrote “My son is my world ...Future WOU graduate, BIG DREAMER!”

Fretwell’s sister did not immediately return a message sent through Facebook.

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