Missing Oregon mom found dead in remote area

jennifer HustonUSA Today – by Teresa Blackman

DUNDEE, Ore. — Missing Dundee mom Jennifer Huston has been found dead in a remote area of Yamhill County near Sheridan, police said.

A property owner spotted her dark green SUV Tuesday morning in a grove of trees near Highway 18. He alerted police around 10:30 a.m., who soon found Huston’s body nearby, according to the Newberg-Dundee Police Department. They said there were no clues which indicated foul play, but this remains “an active death investigation.”  

An area resident said a chain-link fence had been haphazardly moved and that’s what led the property owner to finding Huston’s SUV. That neighbor also reported noticing a strong odor.

Huston, 38, had been missing since the evening of July 24. Police said they will release further details about her case during a press briefing scheduled for 4 p.m. PT, but they do not believe the public is in any danger at this time.

Huston left home to run errands and seemed a little stressed out, according to her husband, Kallen Huston.

Police put together a timeline based on evidence in the case so far. Huston left home around 5:45 p.m., withdrew a small amount of money from at ATM at the First Community Credit Union around 6 p.m., bought snacks and sleeping pills at a local Rite Aid and then gassed up her SUV at the Newberg Circle K at 6:10 p.m. Her cellphone stopped working at 6:25 p.m.

Police were able to obtain surveillance video from the bank and gas station. Investigators who studied that video said they were confident Huston was the only person in the vehicle when it pulled up.

Kallen Huston said his wife had been complained about a headache the three days before she vanished, but she did not have any other known health issues.

The Hustons have two young sons, ages 2 and 6, whose birthdays are both in September. The couple had big plans to celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary on Aug. 14. Huston’s family said she was a dedicated wife and mother.


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