Missing Oakville girl Oakley Carlson's foster parents and the Light the Way Missing Persons Advocacy Project will host a dinner and auction event later this month to raise money for Oakley’s reward fund.
The event called, "Paint the Night Pink for Oakley,” will begin at 6 p.m. on July 16 in McCleary. An auction featuring donations from all over the state, including Seattle Mariners tickets, zoo and aquarium tickets, a getaway for two at the Lucky Eagle Casino, a police ridealong with the Elma Police Department and more will begin at 7 p.m.
All auction sales, the $40 entrance fee — which includes dinner and two drink tickets — and sales from the Whiskey Wagon mobile bar on site will go toward the Justice for Oakley Carlson Reward Fund, which is a nonprofit with 501c3 status. The fund passed $20,000 last May.
Tickets are available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paint-the-night-pink-for-oakley-tickets-346434203027.
The reward is for credible information that leads to Oakley’s whereabouts or for information that leads to the arrest of anyone involved in her disappearance and expires Dec. 6, 2022.
Oakley was reported missing on Dec. 6, 2021, though the last credible sighting of the 5-year-old was 10 months earlier on Feb. 10.
Oakley’s biological parents, Jordan Bowers and Andrew Carlson, are suspects in her disappearance. Both were recently convicted in Grays Harbor County Superior Court on unrelated charges and are serving jail sentences.
If the reward is not claimed or extended, the reward funds will then be used at the discretion of Oakley’s foster parents, Erik and Jamie Jo Hiles. Examples include providing a service and headstone for Oakley if necessary, setting up a college fund or scholarship in Oakley’s name, or setting up a trust fund for Oakley’s siblings.
Those with information on the case are encouraged to call the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 360-533-8765, Detective Sgt. Paul Logan at 360-964-1729 or CrimeStoppers at 800-222-8477.