DUNDEE, Ore. (KGW) — 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 SUV Tuesday morning in a grove of trees near Southeast Gopher Valley Road, just off Highway 18. He alerted police around 10:30 p.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 told KGW a chainlink 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 Thursday, July 24. Police said they will release further details about her case during a press briefing scheduled for 4 p.m. 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 cell phone 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.
Huston was driving a dark green 1999 Lexus SUV with Oregon License number WXH 011. She was wearing black yoga pants with a black zip-up sweatshirt and Nike tennis shoes that were black and pink.
Kallen said Jennifer had been complaining about a headache the three days before she vanished, but she did not have any other known health issues.
Jennifer and Kallen have two young sons, ages 2 and 6, whose birthdays are both in September. The couple also had big plans to celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary on August 14. Huston’s family said she was a dedicated wife and mother, and would never have left on her own.
Anyone with information that may help investigators was urged to call the Newberg-Dundee Police Department at 503-538-8321.