NEWBERG, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The autopsy results on Jennifer Huston’s death were released Wednesday afternoon and listed her manner of death as a suicide, the Newberg-Dundee Police Department (NDPD) said.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office listed the cause of death as asphyxiation. Toxicology results were still not available, police said in a release.
NDPD detectives said they have not been able to establish any connection to the property owners where the vehicle was discovered and Huston. There was no evidence of a crash or damage to her vehicle and the fuel gauge was registering as full, police said.
The body of the 38-year-old Dundee mother was found in a rural area of Sheridan, approximately 40-yards from where her 1999 Lexus SUV was discovered on Tuesday.
Crime scene technicians from the Oregon State Police (OSP) and NDPD Detectives located the empty box of the sleeping aids that were purchased at the Rite Aid pharmacy and a gas receipt from the Circle K gas station in Newberg.
Inside the vehicle, detectives found a note addressed to members of Huston’s family. Her purse and personal items, which included her cell phone, were also located in the vehicle. The cell phone was analyzed by NDPD computer forensic detectives who found no indications of nefarious actives.
Based on the totality of the evidence, detectives and the medical examiner said they concluded that Huston died fairly close to the time she was reported missing.
The Hillside Fellowship Church has offered to accept any notes, cards and flowers on behalf of the Huston family. Anyone wishing to do so can contact Pastor Zach Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for gifts or other contributions.
The NDPD also released the following statement on behalf of the Huston family:
“Our hearts ache today. We have lost our first born child. We have lost a wife and a mother. We don’t know what led Jennifer to this dark place and to this end and perhaps never will understand this. We are incredibly thankful to family, friends, community and media for their searching, supporting and getting the information out that lead to locating Jennifer’s car and finding Jennifer.
“Additionally, we are grateful for the support of those who took the time share their words of encouragement and prayers on FaceBook and helped fund the extensive search efforts. This community really came together to support this effort as so many could relate to a mother of two small children and a husband desperately looking for his wife.
“We also appreciate all the efforts of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department with support from other law enforcement agencies, on our behalf to find Jennifer.
Lastly I’d like to thank the media for the viral coverage to get the message out of our search for Jennifer. We appreciated the sensitivity to our desperate search for her.
“At this time we are respectfully ask for privacy from the media for Kallen, the boys and our extended family and friends.”
The family will be holding a Celebration of Life at a yet to be determined date, time and location. The family said final arrangements for the event will be posted on the “Find Jennifer Huston” Facebook page.
Huston was last seen on July 24. She went to an ATM, stopped at a Rite Aid and put gas in her car at a Circle K in Newberg.
An all-out search on land, water and air stretched as far north as San Juan Islands over nearly two weeks. Days after the official search ended, Vern Clemmer found her SUV on his property on Southeast Gopher Valley Road, just off Highway 18.
At a press conference late Tuesday afternoon, Newberg-Dundee Police Capt. Jeff Kosmicki said the vehicle is being processed as an Oregon State Police forensic investigation began.
“The area where the vehicle was found was probably a good 1/8th of a mile from the residence,” Kosmicki said at the press conference.
“It’s not a road somebody would drive,” he said of the path, which was described as “more of a driveway.” Kosmicki said it is likely search crews flew over the area Huston’s vehicle was parked.