Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Disappearance and Murder of Karissa & Billy Fretwell

UPDATE (6/17/19): On June 15th, 2019, investigators found the bodies of Karissa and Billy in a wooded area located west of the city of Yamhill. An autopsy has determined that Karissa died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Billy’s cause and manner of death have not been determined. Michael Wolfe is still behind bars as his charges are pending.

Rest in Peace, Karissa & Billy. 

UPDATE (5/26/19): Michael John Wolfe (52) has been arrested and charged with the murders of Karissa and Billy. Michael is Billy's father, and he was arrested by police in Portland, Oregon. Karissa and Michael were having an affair years earlier, and at some point, Karissa got pregnant. Michael wanted Karissa to have an abortion, but she reportedly refused. Michael had no plans to leave his wife, but as the father of Karissa's child, he co-signed the lease to Karissa's apartment. 

Months before the disappearance of Karissa and Billy, Karissa had requested child support from Michael, and the judge granted her request. Karissa and Michael were also reportedly at odds over custody of Billy. He was an immediate suspect in their disappearances, and he is currently behind bars awaiting court proceedings.

Original post:

Karissa Fretwell (25) and her son William ‘Billy’ Fretwell (3) were last heard from on May 13th, 2019. The young mother and son live in Salem, Oregon, and they were reported missing on May 17th, 2019, after family members had not heard from them for quite a few days. Karissa’s family members are unaware of any plans she had to leave, and they do not think she would be out-of-touch for this long by choice. 

One of Karissa’s neighbors told reporters that he heard some disturbing noises coming from Karissa’s apartment in the months leading up to their disappearance. The neighbor explained, “We heard a man and woman arguing incredibly loud. The man was swearing a lot and there was a kid crying in the background, and the woman was yelling at him to get out of her apartment.’” At this time, the person who Karissa was allegedly arguing with has not been publicly identified. The same neighbor who heard the argument happened to run into a woman who stated she was Karissa’s sister shortly before Karissa and Billy vanished. The woman asked the neighbor if she had seen Karissa and/or Billy--he said no, but he offered to keep an eye on their apartment in case they turn up. The neighbor is able to see Karissa’s TV screen through the window, and he told investigators that he noticed the screen has been stuck on the same setting since before the pair vanished--which indicates that nobody has been inside that apartment in quite some time. 

Family members and members of the community are worried for the safety of both Karissa and Billy. The Salem Police Department is investigating. If you have any information that could lead to their whereabouts, please contact authorities at (503) 588-8477. 

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