St. Helens mom found dead was ‘kind, loving’ person

Cheryl Elizabeth Hart, 35, leaves behind 3 children

A search team found the body of 35-year-old Cheryl Hart in Klamath County, Saturday, September 10, 2016. (GoFundMe)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The body of a St. Helens woman who went missing in early August was found Saturday in Klamath County, her family confirmed.

Cheryl Elizabeth Hart, 35, was last seen at a Eugene residence on the evening of August 4 with her boyfriend, Jeremy Milutin. The next morning, Milutin was seen alone around 7 a.m. at a store driving a stolen 1994 Buick Century. About 5 hours later, he was spotted alone at another store in Klamath Falls.

Cheryl Hart in an undated photo, Jeremy Milutin in a Lane County mug shot from August 5, 2016, and the stolen Buick he allegedy was driving (Eugene PD)
Cheryl Hart in an undated photo, Jeremy Milutin in a Lane County mug shot from August 5, 2016, and the stolen Buick he allegedy was driving (Eugene PD)

Ten hours later, Milutin, 36, was still alone but back in Eugene. Officers spotted the stolen car, and although he tried to get away, police said he was quickly arrested.

A search team organized by Hart’s family found her body west of Chiloquin.

“We had a general idea of where we thought Cheryl might be,” Eugene Police Detective Jed McGuire said. “With their efforts we were able to locate [her] remains.”

Milutin is still in Lane County Jail on multiple charges, including a parole violation.

Police said, at this point, he’s “beyond” a person of interest in Hart’s death.

“He’s a suspect,” McGuire said. “We expect him to be charged.”

Hart, who leaves behind 3 children, was described as a “kind and loving person”.

“She would give the food out of her cupboard, the roof of her house to help people,” Hart’s mother Sheri Melling told KOIN 6 News via phone.

Melling said she didn’t know her daughter was seeing Milutin again, and that if she knew, she “would’ve been on it like crazy.” She described Milutin as a manipulative person, “a bad person since he was 12 years old.”

An autopsy will be conducted to determine Hart’s exact cause of death. Anyone with information on the case should contact Detective Jed McGuire at 541.682.6308.

GoFundMe: Search for Cheryl Hart Fund

 

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