Gone in a flash: The maddening search for Portland's serial exposer

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Officer Kristen Schmidt says the same man has been flashing women and children since September 2013.  She's responded to many of the dozen reports of a man exposing himself in the same N.E. Portland neighborhoods.

Officer Schmidt took KATU reporter Emily Sinovic out on patrol to the neighborhoods where the flasher's been spotted most, including several reports near N.E. 33rd Ave & Stanton.

The joggers have similar stories each time.

"He just looks like a normal guy," Schmidt said." And when he does have his clothes on he probably does blend in like anybody else.

"A few people described him as friendly . Another person described him as jovial ... not conversations, but some sort of greeting good morning."

But then, to their surprise, the man exposed himself and ran off.

"We don’t know how he’s disappearing, but when we get to the area there’s nobody matching that description," Schmidt said.

Extra patrols are now targeting N.E. Portland neighborhoods where he's been spotted most including Alameda, Beaumont-Wilshire, Roseway and Grant Park.

"How he's able to remove his pants and then disappear without being seen by anybody other than the person who reports it ... I have no idea and that's what we're trying to figure out," Schmidt said.