SWEET HOME, Ore. — Friends, family and neighbors of a Sweet Home woman found dead in an Oregon forest are remembering her as a kind and giving person.
Hikers discovered the body of 36-year-old Heaven “Angel” King along a forest road about 38 miles east of Cottage Grove on Wednesday.
The Lane County Sheriff’s office is still investigating King’s death to determine how she died and why.
Meanwhile, family members are sharing fond memories of her.
“You couldn’t ask for a better friend,” said King’s uncle, Ronnie Fox. “She was a very responsible person. This whole situation is heart wrenching. We still don’t know why she was in Cottage Grove.”
Fox said King always put her children first, and only had kind words for people.
Neighbors are helping King’s two young adult children move their belongings out of her Sweet Home residence.
“I’m trying to clear some stuff out for Angel’s children,” said neighbor Brian See.
See says she lived at the residence with her children, who will now be living with friends and family.
“It’s a little emotional because I used to hang out here a lot,” See said. “So having to see all her stuff – her shoes; everything – just is hard.”
See says he remembers King as a good friend and a good mother.
“Angel was awesome,” he said. “You want to talk about a mother’s love for their children? Pretty deep.”
Other neighbors say Sweet Home is a small community, and King’s death hits home pretty hard.
“It just broke my heart when I heard about it,” said neighbor Alexa Roberts. “It’s really a sad situation for everybody in the community.”
Roberts says though she didn’t know King well, the woman was a good neighbor and always pleasant to be around.
“She was very loving,” Roberts said. “She always had a smile on her face. I’ll always remember her smile.”
Meanwhile, family and friends are left with more questions than answers.
“Without closure, this family’s going to be in turmoil for a long time,” Fox said.
Investigators would like to hear from anyone who might have seen King’s 1991 silver Honda Accord between Tuesday, July 8 until Wednesday, July 9. Anyone who has information about the case is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center at: (541) 682-4141.