ASHLAND — A mentally-handicapped Ashland teenager disappeared from her foster home today and possibly is on her way to Portland to visit her father, police said.

ASHLAND — A mentally-handicapped Ashland teenager disappeared from her foster home today and possibly is on her way to Portland to visit her father, police said.

Victoria R. Peckerman, 14, was last seen at the home just before 10 a.m. this morning. She has attempted to run away before and usually ends up in Ashland or at her parent's home in Medford, Ashland police officer Bon Stewart said.

"Because she did not turn up in Medford today, it caused us concern," Stewart said.

Ashland police have no reason to believe Peckerman was abducted, but she suffers from bipolar disorder and can easily be manipulated, Stewart said.

"She has other mental disabilities that diminish her reasoning ability," Stewart said.

Police believe she might be heading for Portland, Stewart said.

Before she disappeared, Peckerman, a ward of the state after Department of Human Services officials removed her from her parent's home, made contact with a former day care provider in Portland.

She received word recently that her father would be conducting business in Portland and she hoped to contact him there. However, her father is not going to be in the city on the days she believes, Stewart said.

Peckerman is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds. She has light brown hair and hazel or green eyes. There is no description of the clothing she was wearing when she disappeared.

Anyone who sees Peckerman or has information on her whereabouts is asked to call Ashland police at 770-4783 or 482-5211.

— Chris Conrad