Woman sought in Ashland kidnapping case

ASHLAND — Police are asking for the public's help in finding a woman suspected of kidnapping her toddler daughter on Wednesday.

Shelley Sue Dahlstrom, 43, allegedly entered a house in the 1000 block of South Mountain Avenue — where the girl's father lives — sometime overnight and kidnapped the child, police said. The child will turn 2 in three months.

Officials declined to comment on why they believe it's Dahlstrom, and the investigation is still open.

"We do have a pretty good indication that it's her," said Ashland police Chief Tighe O'Meara, adding that Dahlstrom "does not have any parental rights."

The Department of Human Services is also involved in the case. Dahlstrom is wanted for custodial interference, first-degree burglary and contempt of court, according to an Ashland Police Department Facebook post.

Dahlstrom is believed to be driving a red 1997 Ford Explorer with license plate number OR 805 FNY. She is 5-foot-8, weighs about 175 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes, O'Meara said. Anyone with information about the case or her whereabouts is asked to call police at 541-770-4784.

Court records show Dahlstrom has an open court case from February 2017 in which she was charged with second-degree custodial interference. She pleaded not guilty to the charge Feb. 16, and a Sept. 6 trial date was set, records show. 

— Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or Follow him at

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