Woman reported missing for four days last year now facing 96 felony charges

Photo of Heather Mounce alongside her rescue on the Oregon coast - Credit Harlie Mounce and Jared Smith.jpg

DALLAS, Ore. – A woman who was at the center of a rescue on the Oregon coast last year is now facing 96 felony charges, according to court documents.

Heather Mounce (Davidson) was charged with 62 counts of identity theft, 24 counts of criminal mistreatment, five counts of first-degree aggravated theft and six counts of first-degree theft.

In a court record from the Polk County District Attorney, Mounce is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from her former employer, the Dallas Retirement Village in her hometown of Dallas, Ore.

The alleged crimes took place from September 2013 to February 2017. The documents name several other victims, including several organizations and a man in his 90s.

KATU News reached out to the Dallas Retirement Village for comment, and they replied:

“We are working closely with the state and Polk County Attorney’s Office in their investigation of this individual and former employee. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority and we have comprehensive policies and procedures in place to protect them. We can assure that she had no access to any personal resident records.”

Mounce was part of a statewide search last August when she went missing for four days. She was ultimately found on a cliff on the Oregon Coast near Sea Lion Caves.

Mounce's first court appearance is scheduled for August.

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