Remains in burned home identified as former Springfield man

Both Terry and Sharon Smith graduated from Thurston High School in Springfield.

Posted: Oct 24, 2018 7:25 PM
Updated: Oct 24, 2018 7:56 PM

JOHN DAY, Ore. – Human remains found in a burned-out house in eastern Oregon have been identified as belonging to a missing man with ties to Springfield, according to authorities.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer said investigators found the remains of Terry Smith in his home between John Day and Mount Vernon.

Palmer said Smith’s wife, Sharon, is still missing, and experts could not match her to another set of remains found in the home.

Meanwhile, the couple’s pickup truck, which was reported missing at the time of the fire in July, was found last weekend in Boise, Idaho.

Palmer said he’s treating the case as a homicide and he’s working with a police department in Hawaii along with the FBI and other agencies.

Both Terry and Sharon Smith graduated from Thurston High School in Springfield.

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