PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Investigators are working to identify the body of a woman found Friday in a shallow grave near the Tillamook and Yamhill County line.
A sheriff’s deputy was searching for the owner of a bag left a campground when he reportedly discovered the woman’s body.
Detectives say it’s hard to know how long her body was there. All they can say so far is that she was about 5’4″ tall.
“This is such a small community, you think that somebody would know,” Lisa Greiner, who lives nearby, said. “I just think it’s weird that no one’s come forward saying we’re missing somebody out of our family, especially a young girl or a young woman.”
An initial autopsy didn’t show any signs of trauma, so detectives say they’re not exactly sure how the woman died. Her body, which was exposed in a shallow grave and unprotected from the weather, was extremely decomposed, officials said.
A full autopsy is scheduled for Friday. Results could shed light on her cause of death, age, and how long her body was buried. Dental records could also help identify her.
KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.