Coast Guard abandons search for mom of 4

A beautiful 28 year old mother of 4 is still missing after a 9-1-1 call reported her jumping from the Burnside Bridge at 2:20 AM on December 6, 2008. Many of her loved ones are still searching for closure in this sad case. According to the limited information on this case, she was enjoying a night out with friends, and then there was a 9-1-1 call that she had jumped from the Burnside Bridge.

The Coast Guard, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol and the Portland Fire Department searched for a woman who jumped from the Burnside Bridge near downtown Portland, Ore., Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Portland received a report from local 911 that the woman was seen jumping from the bridge at approximately 2:20 a.m. A 25-foot smallboat crew from Station Portland and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, Ore., joined with crews from the river patrol and fire department to search the area for two hours with no sign of the woman.

"The Coast Guard and other local crews who worked on this case searched both sides of the Willamette River extensively in hopes of finding this woman," said Lt. j.g. Ryan Harry, public affairs officer for Sector Portland.

The search was suspended at 4:20 a.m. As far as we know, no one has resumed the search. A brief memorial was held for her 12/12/08 at the site.

Her body is still unrecovered. It is still unclear if this was intentional or accidental. She was a student at Concorde Career Institute. She was a single mother of 3 boys and 1 girl who was loved by her friends and family. We miss you Ruby.

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question says ... on Thursday, Jun 11 at 9:24 AM

has anyone set up a page in memory of Ruby... i think that would be very nice

Another friend from Sunnyside says ... on Tuesday, Jun 9 at 4:39 PM

Ruby,We may never really know what truly happend that night. I'm glad your body has been found. i will be keeping your family in my prayers.May God bless your children and keep them wrapped in His arms. Rest in Peace Girl !! You will truly be missed!

sad ending says ... on Sunday, Jun 7 at 1:42 PM

I will pray for your children ruby I hope you now rest in peace im so glad they found you and I wish the best for your family

Family Member says ... on Thursday, Jun 4 at 12:52 PM

They have not realesed this information to the Media but they have contacted Her husband

Family Member says ... on Thursday, Jun 4 at 12:15 PM

Ruby has been found she was under the bride it came out on news Chanel 8

Family Member says ... on Thursday, Jun 4 at 11:01 AM

I am willing to start this so any one that would like to help me please post ur names and a point of contact. WE NEED AND WANT ANSWERS. WE LOVE AND MISS U RUBY

exactly says ... on Wednesday, Jun 3 at 8:30 AM

how can she just dissapear?? Its just not possible..... other people are found but not Ruby.. there is something being hidden... has the family thought of a private investigator? fund raising for that can be done.. the family needs to reopen her case

Family Member says ... on Monday, Jun 1 at 7:25 AM

What Kind of information do you need. I can obtain it for you. There was a man found but not her something fishey here. Ladies its time for you to come out and tell the truth what really happened.

Melissa says ... on Thursday, May 28 at 12:53 PM

I am trying to get enough information (and time) to do that.

question says ... on Thursday, May 28 at 8:53 AM

melissa are you able to make posters and post them in your area????? like a missing person/missing answers poster......

Melissa says ... on Wednesday, May 27 at 1:34 PM

I would but I only have access to the internet at work. Would any of her family members be willing to take care of that. We miss you Ruby.

idea says ... on Wednesday, May 27 at 1:13 PM

any posters posted in oregon???? someone should make a myspace page in memory of ruby......

? says ... on Wednesday, Apr 29 at 8:24 AM

melissa have you followed through with the media? You kknow u can forward the story to the reporters and u can call and talk personally, but u really have to push the issue for them to take u and the story seriously

Melissa says ... on Friday, Apr 24 at 9:01 AM

Anyone have any updates?

calm down says ... on Thursday, Apr 23 at 1:42 PM

I dont think it was racist what was said, its true, the media usually focuses on the rich white people, they would have searched for days if it was someone else, I dont think this case has been taken seriously by media or police

childhood friend says ... on Thursday, Apr 23 at 11:03 AM

We all miss ruby very much. She was a loving mother and a beautiful person. She will live on in our thoughts, hearts and memories.She was an angel then and will always be our angel. I pray for her kids to be strong. Missing you Ruby Castilleja

her Family says ... on Wednesday, Apr 22 at 8:53 AM

umm you all need to stop being selfish and trying to take all the thunder for trying to find her We all think about her and try to do things for her KIDSandHUSBAND We all would love to spend another day with her but we cant unfortunately LOVE YA RUBY

Melissa says ... on Tuesday, Apr 21 at 11:37 AM

I am the one that started and wrote these articles about her to try and get answers. Hmmm.... What else has been done for her?

Melissa says ... on Tuesday, Apr 21 at 11:35 AM

I am sorry Ruby that people are choosing to point fingers rather than let thier pain and anger fire them up to do something for you. I miss you every day and even though I only had you as a friend for a short time, you made a lifelong impact on me.

Melissa says ... on Tuesday, Apr 21 at 11:33 AM

Not that was uncalled for, I am a white green eyed mother and I have been working just as hard as everyone to try and find Ruby. Lets not let your uneducated racist comments get in the way. This is about Ruby, maybe you should keep that in mind!

yes says ... on Monday, Apr 20 at 11:34 AM

I feel the same way, if it was a blue eyed rich white mother of four they would be quick to solve the case..jerks

Family says ... on Friday, Apr 17 at 12:20 PM

Let a police mans family member come up missing and the investigation will never stop untill the closure. Portland Police DEPT needs to open their eyes and realize those girls have foul play in this case and they are getting away with MURDER.BullCrap

Family says ... on Friday, Apr 17 at 7:25 AM

Ruby it has been to long we miss you and know you are not coming back we. We think about you on an every dya basis. In loving Memory of Ruby Smith.

anyone know? says ... on Friday, Apr 3 at 10:03 AM

anyone know if its true that they found a piece of her skull with her hair? was she really found? I dont believe this...

Family says ... on Friday, Apr 3 at 5:37 AM

Correction I did not mean her getting away with anything I meant those girls she was with the night all this went down. they need to be investigated and tormented until we get closure i have never heard of an issue like this no investigation .CRAZY.

Family says ... on Thursday, Apr 2 at 11:03 AM

Ruby we have not given up we love you miss you and think of you on the daily. we want closure someone please fess up, there is pieces of the puzzle missing her and those girls are getting away with it.

A Friend says ... on Sunday, Mar 29 at 3:51 PM

That is good idea that ( posters ) say and also put some posters of her in Vancouver , WA so if any knows anything they will help , because it looks that those who call her friend they are not talking of what they know about that. I hope u do it meli

Melissa says ... on Monday, Mar 23 at 11:20 AM

I will not give up until we have answers.

Family says ... on Monday, Mar 23 at 5:46 AM

Ruby we miss you i hope that everyone has not given up on the findings of you. You Are loved and very well missed and thought of a million times in a day. WE LOVE YOU RUBY and hate whom ever took you from us.. In Loving Memory of Ruby..

Melissa says ... on Friday, Mar 13 at 9:13 AM

I am working on that as well....

thanks melissa says ... on Tuesday, Mar 10 at 11:29 AM

if you push the issue and keep emailing the story to them and email the reporters directly something good will come out of this..closure at least for Rubys babies..

Melissa says ... on Tuesday, Mar 10 at 8:16 AM

I did email all the local news stations and papers I have yet to hear a response yet but I will not give up. I only knew Ruby a few months but she was a very special person that made a big impact on me and I will continue to fight for her forever

idea says ... on Sunday, Mar 8 at 12:48 PM

emailing news reporters personally will help to, you go under contacts under the website, copy and paste their email addresses and email them the of them I am sure will take on the case...

c'mon says ... on Sunday, Mar 8 at 12:36 PM

someone needs to post the names of the girls that were with her that night, why are they getting offensive??? What are they hiding??What really happened?? I sure hope the police re open this case....

yes thank you melissa says ... on Sunday, Mar 8 at 12:35 PM

This just goes to show you that Ruby is one of a kind, so special that the people that really knew her or just cared about her are willing to fight for closure.... I know in my heart something will come of this work for closure...

Gabby says ... on Saturday, Mar 7 at 12:55 PM

Once again thank you melissa! Like i said if there is anything i could do to help let me know. I live in Sunnyside, WA Email ArriaG29@hotmail. Ruby was my best friend and i will do anything that is in my hands to help and come to the bottom of this.

Gabby says ... on Saturday, Mar 7 at 12:50 PM

I'm glad those so called friends r getting offended by all the postings. The truth needs to come out sooner or later. We can just live it like that if nothing happened.Ruby was a very important person in my life n if i could do anything to help i wil

GABBY says ... on Saturday, Mar 7 at 12:47 PM

I just want to start off by thanking melissa in all the work you are putting in. I don't know who you are or how close you were with ruby, but i really appreciate everything you are doing. I'm glad someone is finally doing something about it.

Melissa says ... on Friday, Mar 6 at 2:36 PM

I emailed all the local news stations here, we will see what happens.

ideas says ... on Wednesday, Mar 4 at 2:36 PM

when the media starts to get involved please post updates.... if newspaper posts the story or the news airs her story, keep everyone over on the eastside of Washington informed!

ideas says ... on Wednesday, Mar 4 at 2:27 PM

just takes motivation, time, and patience, thank you Melissa I hope you follow through with this story and take it to the media, RUBY would be so proud of the people that are working for closure!!!

ideas says ... on Wednesday, Mar 4 at 2:26 PM

local news stations and local newspapers!! You call or email with all the information, RUby's story, calling will help more, call the newspaper talk to a reporter, call the local news station and ask them who to talk to to submit a story..its simple

Melissa says ... on Tuesday, Mar 3 at 11:28 AM

I would be happy to but where do I start?

good idea says ... on Tuesday, Mar 3 at 9:50 AM

Yes getting the media involved will definately bring more attention to find answers, Melissa, are you willing to forward this story to the media and bring attention to the case? Since you live in the area its easier for you...

really says ... on Monday, Mar 2 at 4:34 PM

we need to get media involved so the police take a look at this case!!

cool says ... on Monday, Mar 2 at 4:30 PM

thats cool that there is people wiling to help and find answers,Melissa why dont you forward this story to the local news and newspapers,I bet if you explained everything they will help air the story, and maybe the police will focus more on the case!

Melissa says ... on Monday, Mar 2 at 9:47 AM

I have started the posters but I am working on the final details. I will have them done by week end. If there is foul play involved we will get the justice sweet Ruby and her loved ones deserve. We won't rest until we have answers.

hello says ... on Sunday, Mar 1 at 2:20 PM

after reading the comments the girls that were with her that night seem to want us to keep focus off them,they are probably getting scared.i think they have something to do with ruby being gone,she loved her family, she wouldnt had done this 2 herslf

Melissa says ... on Friday, Feb 27 at 2:26 PM

Melissa says ... on Friday, Feb 27 at 11:25 AM

I submitted another YouNews report asking for help to find Ruby.

Melissa says ... on Friday, Feb 27 at 10:26 AM

I will be working on making and posting the posters this weekend. I agree. Something is off and those girls are the key. If she was suicidal why would she get dressed up to go out and have fun? Suicidal people dont take thier lives with audiences.

what says ... on Thursday, Feb 26 at 1:51 PM

I just looked at the comments the girls posted- maybe they are scared?? maybe you guys are on to something? I hope Ruby is found for some peace and closure..we miss you Ruby

hey says ... on Thursday, Feb 26 at 1:44 PM

check your email melissa I am emailing you some pics of Ruby, I hope we get closure, can someone post the names of the girls with her that night, they are getting offensive probably cause they know a lot more than they are saying!

Melissa says ... on Wednesday, Feb 25 at 10:33 AM

I do live in Oregon, I need a recent picture for a Missing Poster.. email me one.This weekend Ill post them everywhere... email is Anything to help: Thats why I posted this story here. For the love of Ruby :)

Family says ... on Wednesday, Feb 25 at 7:20 AM

And one of the girls wrote on this web page very offensive to what the others accusing them of. PLEASE INVESTIGATE

Husbands Family says ... on Wednesday, Feb 25 at 7:18 AM

Yeah the girls she was with were at the memorial on the bridge and I don’t remember their names but Is do remember them stating that they were newer friends and had only been hanging out for a coup[le of months and i think that they did it.

hey husbands family says ... on Tuesday, Feb 24 at 3:32 PM

husbands E looking into this? Im sure he is very heart broken, my heart goes out to him, but this case seems to be suspicious...dont you think?

whats goin on says ... on Tuesday, Feb 24 at 3:29 PM

from all that I have head, these girls she was with that night sound like they may have been involved???!! Ruby was BEAUTIFUL- they may have been jealous of her and set her up taking her hair!! Who has spoken to these girls?

question says ... on Tuesday, Feb 24 at 3:26 PM

can just anyone start makin posters? Melissa you live in the Oregon area Right, can you look into this? How can we report her name to the missing person web sites? If posters are made I am more than wiling to distribute them in Eastern Washington!

Melissa says ... on Tuesday, Feb 24 at 9:41 AM

Does anyone have any idea who these girls were and how they knew Ruby? There are too many unanswered questions, too many things that just don't make sense. We need to make missing posters then and start doing something to find her.

info.. says ... on Tuesday, Feb 24 at 8:30 AM

from what I heard, they found the hair that night, that is why they called off the search, the memorial was at the bridge, but I think they would have found her by NOW!! Missing posters is a smart idea, maybe the friends were jealous of her-

Family says ... on Tuesday, Feb 24 at 7:04 AM

To my knowledge there was not another memorial and yes they found the clumps pf hair with in the first search they did and i dont belive she is in the water she would have surfaced to the top. The girls need to give up more information

Melissa says ... on Monday, Feb 23 at 2:36 PM

There was another memorial? An official one? When? And when did they find the clump of hair? That night? She can't possibly still be underwater if she did go over.She has to be can we help Ruby and her family? We owe her to finish this

oh my gosh says ... on Monday, Feb 23 at 2:11 PM

why have they stopped looking !? What if Ruby is out there, I have heard of cases where people just forget who they are etc... has the family thought of missing posters? Maybe someone has seen her, maybe she needs help...

FAMILY says ... on Monday, Feb 23 at 7:08 AM

they are claiming that they found clumps of her hair near where the girls stated that she had fallen in and that is it and the family did not close any thing they jsut stopped looking after a couple hours. She is out there some where maybe sheisscare

information says ... on Sunday, Feb 22 at 3:46 PM

was a piece of Ruby really identified through dna? is this the reason they had the memorial, i heard that a piece of her body was found and that is why the family has closed the case..? Any truth to this, is this closure?

one who cares says ... on Saturday, Feb 21 at 11:36 AM

is this why the family had a memorial was ruby really found? we just need closure- we care about ruby

Melissa says ... on Friday, Feb 20 at 11:42 AM

Yeah we were in her life why else would we care? Any luck finding the identities of who she was with? All of us that knew her know that she was too strong and that she loved her babies too much to abandon them.

Husband Family says ... on Thursday, Feb 19 at 6:22 AM

And she went out with a couple of her new friends that she probably did not even know that well. So they could have done it and getting away with what they have done. I am un aware of their name's but i will find out then post them. This is not fair.

Husbands Family says ... on Thursday, Feb 19 at 6:19 AM

umm yeah we were in her life and yeah we don’t know everything that goes on behind closed doors or how one another is truly feeling and she is gone missing and no good answers bc they called it a suicide and left it alone and it is the Portland dept

o my goodness!! says ... on Wednesday, Feb 18 at 5:45 PM

R u people for real how the hell do u know what the FAMILY has DONE to find out about Ruby u dont know anything K. B4 what happend to Ruby were u guys in her life? Or now just being a noisy person? ALL WILL COME IN TIME, THIS I KNOW. KEEP THE FAITH

come on people says ... on Wednesday, Feb 18 at 2:26 PM

RUBY was hella cool, someone needs to step this up a notch man Ruby deserves it!

where to start says ... on Wednesday, Feb 18 at 2:25 PM

where would we start?Who knows the friend she was with? THats the person that needs to be questioned.what police department is handling her case?I feel in my gut that Ruby might just be out there somewhere.was she on medication? makemissing posters!

Melissa says ... on Wednesday, Feb 18 at 10:31 AM

Why won't anyone take the initiative to fight for Ruby and for the truth? People post comment about how much they love her yet they are sitting on thier hands doing nothing. Come on guys, we have to do something.

for real! says ... on Tuesday, Feb 17 at 11:18 AM

dont let it be the end..its just the beginning, they should have found a body!!!! SHe was with one girl? and that girl says she jumped? doesnt sound right at all! no body- she would have came up by now, PLEASE family look more in to this, for RUBY

Where is the facts...... says ... on Monday, Feb 16 at 8:46 AM

WITHOUT a BODY HOW DO THEY KNOW SHE IS DEAD?? They did not search long enough, and if they responded to the call that fast why did they not find her? The current is not that stong to take her all the way to the ocean in hours.come on now look into it

Family says ... on Monday, Feb 16 at 8:36 AM

Yeah they are considering this suicide wich I think is bull they don’t know if there was foul play or any thing they just accepted the girls stories she was with and that’s the end of a beautiful mother of four and a wife to man that truly cares.

come on says ... on Sunday, Feb 15 at 6:57 PM

ask more questions,Ruby deserves more than a RIP-what if she is not even really gone,what if she needs help,she is a sweet heart,she respected herself and was very respected by all,the family needs to really push this issue,what about missing posters

exactly says ... on Sunday, Feb 15 at 6:54 PM

come on family, push the issue some more, her babies need closure, what if she is out there lost, afriad, just what if..there is no bodym no evidence she is gone, PLEASE someone push the issue some more, call the friends-pressure the police

Melissa says ... on Thursday, Feb 12 at 10:08 AM

Does anyone have a heart anymore? Those of us that cared for Ruby owe her to find out what happened to her, not just give up and "let her rest in peace" How is that letting her rest in peace if shes out there hurt, scared, & missing her babies?

FAMILY says ... on Wednesday, Feb 11 at 6:45 AM

yeah i think that her husband needs to get an investigter on the girls she was with to see what really happend her body should have risen form all the rain snow this all caused the water levles to rise but no body hard to beilve. RIP RUBY WE MISS U

Melissa says ... on Tuesday, Feb 10 at 2:06 PM

I also think that if it had been one of the searchers loved ones they would not have given up so easily.... When will we be able to properly say goodbye to her? So sad...

R.I.P says ... on Tuesday, Feb 10 at 1:18 AM

Ruby R.I.P , why didnt they search longer from 2:20 to 4:20 i think that wasnt enough time and plus this story is just so weird there so many people talking the people who were with her should be the one's talking the truth

FAMILY says ... on Monday, Feb 9 at 7:38 AM


Melissa says ... on Friday, Feb 6 at 11:42 AM

Has anyone heard anything? Please share...

READER says ... on Thursday, Feb 5 at 7:40 AM


LET RUBY BE!!!! says ... on Sunday, Jan 25 at 11:37 PM


the world will never know says ... on Sunday, Jan 25 at 6:32 PM

this is a very sad story, from the looks of it whoever was with her thaqt night does not want to let anyone know the real story..very sad, my thoughts and prayers go to her family..I sure hope they get closure to this tragedy

Melissa says ... on Tuesday, Jan 20 at 11:02 AM

Anyone have any updates? Are the police still investigating? As everyone who cares about her can certianly agree, we would just like to know what happened that night.

Gabby says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 7:51 PM

Everyone needs to just stop asking question that don't even matter anymore. Ruby is gone period our focused know is to find out what really happened that night.... It doeasn't matter if ruby was married, single. or xpecting (by the way she wasn't).

another curious person says ... on Saturday, Jan 17 at 3:46 PM

After looking at pics of the bridge I just dont see how anyone could fall?? Anyone familiar with the bridge-can you just fall??

wow. says ... on Friday, Jan 16 at 7:31 PM

We can't be offended by other peoples posts on any board. What Ruby said in confidence to one person, may not be something she wanted to share with different people, in particular family. Whatever info anyone has MAY be helpful in finding THE TRUTH

Are u for real? says ... on Friday, Jan 16 at 5:40 PM

Quote on quote: And have a baby on the way.... by Kelly check yourself..girl.. . FYI to fam member she tied her tubes. I know for a fact.. But anyway lets pray we get answers that we need as family and friends. peace to ALL.

no disrespect says ... on Friday, Jan 16 at 1:11 PM

I just want to say I hope Rubys family is OK, Its hard I know, she respected herself, she was one of a kind, God took her so she can be in better hands, I dont think the family should be offended by the questions people ask, its curiousity

anonymous says ... on Friday, Jan 16 at 12:32 PM

That is the question 2 different stories. 1) she jumped 1person their. 2) friends were there including a couple at the park and she fell as she was coming down from were she was sitting!!!! Family is taking it very hard with these unanswered question

Family member says ... on Friday, Jan 16 at 12:10 PM

no one said she was pregnant but she talked about another one. and yeah i think that it is time for investigation on this night.

unanswerd says ... on Thursday, Jan 15 at 3:15 PM

How is Rubys kids doing? How about her hubby how is he taking all this?

confused says ... on Thursday, Jan 15 at 3:14 PM

so there was people there with her but no one knows what happened???? Makes no sense at all!! She jumped or fell?? I heard she took her life which i just cant believe, but sometimes life is to rough for some people, I hope her kids are OK

what? says ... on Wednesday, Jan 14 at 12:05 PM

For 1 Ruby was not pregnant...... I dont know who Kelly is never heard of u me being a family member. Another thing if u guys have any info then contact the family or police. I KNOW THEIR IS SOME1 OUT THERE W/ INFO!!!RIP MY CUZ " IOVE YOU".

so uncool says ... on Wednesday, Jan 14 at 10:20 AM

unanswered questions are not cool, how many people were there when this happened?? Ruby had a child on the way? How sad..RIP RUBY

Anonymous says ... on Tuesday, Jan 13 at 3:50 PM

Has anyone heard anything about any extended search efforts? Do they have a memorial fund or anything for her children? Any memorial service planned? Please let me know... Thank you

Melissa says ... on Monday, Jan 12 at 12:51 PM

No I was not. I am not sure who was. The last time I spoke to her was when she asked me to assist her in getting divorce paperwork. After that she left school. We talked a few times then I heard nothing. I wish I had answers. I miss her.

Kelly says ... on Saturday, Jan 10 at 10:55 AM

were you there Melissa when this happend

Kelly Family memeber says ... on Saturday, Jan 10 at 10:48 AM

Who is Melissa? And from what the family knows there was no divorce mentioned they were going toget remarried and have a baby on the way. This night is still un clear and the stories dont match but if you know any thign please give it up

what? says ... on Monday, Jan 5 at 3:09 PM

disrespectful?? you have it all wrong , its called curiosity man, no one is trying to disrespect, it just sucks that she is gone and there is so many unanswered questions, people just want to know what happened.... Ruby was a very well respected

Melissa says ... on Monday, Jan 5 at 11:22 AM

Those who truly cared for her would want to know what happened to her to obtain closure... if there is no communication between those who knew her and she gives you certian facts before her death, would you not take her word for it? Get a grip!!

Upset Friend says ... on Sunday, Jan 4 at 10:39 AM

You people are horrible.....and how disrespectful to her family.....

WOW says ... on Wednesday, Dec 31 at 4:48 PM


Melissa says ... on Wednesday, Dec 31 at 2:03 PM

I apologize if the information I had was incorrect, she was a student with me at Concorde in Portland and had asked for me to assist her with her divorce paperwork, so thats why I considered her a single mom. Sorry for the typo about her 3 girls/1boy

Friend says ... on Wednesday, Dec 31 at 2:53 AM

She was not a single mother, she was married and she did not have 3 boys she had 3 girls and 1 son.....and they did search for again after that night.....please get your facts correct before writing

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