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Reward offered for safe return of BYU coed

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David and Missi Barrett search near Bald Hill Park near Corvallis.

David and Missi Barrett search near Bald Hill Park near Corvallis.

Ryan Gardner, Associated Press

CORVALLIS, Ore. — As the search for a missing Brigham Young University student moved into its seventh day, a $30,000 reward was offered for any information leading to the 19-year-old woman's safe return.

Brooke Wilberger, whose parents live in Veneta, was last seen a week ago, at the apartment complex her sister manages in Corvallis.

Lt. Ron Noble, a spokesman for the Corvallis police department, said police have focused on four "persons of interest," one of whom was arrested over the weekend on unrelated burglary charges.

Sung Koo Kim, 30, of Tigard was later released on $250,000 bail, according to jailers at the Benton County Jail. Kim was arrested for burglary at George Fox College by Newberg police May 13 on a search warrant that found more than 1,000 items, including large quantities of women's underwear.

He also is charged with an April burglary at Oregon State University's Sacket Hall, which is very near the site where Wilberger was last seen. He was released on May 17.

"In addition to that, there are over 400 names from our tip line that we are looking at," Noble said. "Mr. Kim has been more out in the public eye, but the investigation isn't stopping there."

Also Monday, Wilberger's friends and family planned to gather at a community prayer rally in Corvallis. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to which Wilberger's family belongs, was to take the lead in the prayer service.

The search for Wilberger is now focusing on natural areas near Corvallis.

More than 1,200 volunteers have searched more than 1,800 acres in Benton County in the past week, looking for the missing woman.