- Associated Press - Friday, April 10, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The boyfriend of North Plains woman reported missing in December was sentenced crimes not specifically related to her disappearance, officials said.

Benjamin Hunter Garland will serve three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, fraudulent use of a credit card and theft for incidents between October and December, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

The latest came Dec. 23 when investigators responded to reports that 20-year-old Allyson Joy Watterson was missing near North Plains. Garland said the couple became separated while hiking, but later the sheriff’s office said no evidence indicated they had been hiking, and Watterson was reported missing the next day.

A search ensued, and deputies spotted a truck. Witnesses told them Garland had moved the truck out of sight, and he eventually admitted the vehicle was stolen, authorities said.

On Dec. 17, Garland used someone else’s phone to book a ride-sharing service and, in October, he stole an estimated $700 worth of goods from a store in Hillsboro, prosecutors said.

Garland will be subject to two years of supervision after his release.

The search for Watterson was called off after five days in December then briefly resumed in January. She remains missing.

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