Death of missing Oregon mother Jennifer Huston ruled a suicide
DUNDEE, Ore. — The death of Dundee woman Jennifer Huston has been ruled a suicide.
The search for Huston, a married mother of two young boys who was last seen July 24, garnered attention across the country.
Her body was found off a remote road in Sheridan on Tuesday about 40 yards from her SUV.
On Wednesday, the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Huston’s cause of death was asphyxiation and the manner of death was suicide.
The results of toxicology tests are not available at this time, police said.
She died fairly close to the time she was reported missing, according to police.
Investigators said an empty box of sleeping aids purchased at Rite Aid in Newberg the night she disappeared was found at the scene, along with a receipt from the Circle K gas station in Newberg.
Surveillance cameras captured images of Huston at both locations.
Police said a note addressed to family members was left inside the SUV, but the contents of the note were not revealed.
Her purse and other personal items, including her cell phone, were also found inside the vehicle, according to police. The cell phone has been analyzed by computer forensic detectives.
Police said there were no signs of foul play and no indications of “nefarious activates.”
Detectives have not been able to establish a link between Huston and the owners of the property where her body was discovered.
Huston’s family released a statement through the Newberg-Dundee Police Department on Wednesday. It says, in part: “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.”
The family said a memorial service will be scheduled, but a date has not yet been determined. Information about it will be posted on the “Find Jennifer Huston” Facebook page.
The Hillside Church has offered to accept any notes, cards or flowers on behalf of the Huston family. Contact Pastor Zach Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.