Death of missing Oregon mother Jennifer Huston ruled a suicide

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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 for more information.

Source: WHNS/CNN


  • Kay Whited

    So sorry to hear about the outcome of Ms Huston.I was hoping for a better out come on her…My prayers and deepest Condolences goes out to her family and friends specially her 2 babies….May God Bless you all during this time of grief.May she rest in peace….

  • Michelle Ridge

    This is so sad someone comes to this point in life. Im thankful she did not choose to take the lives of her babies like so many do. Prayers for the grieving families at this time.

  • Julianne

    That’s how I feel, too. I can’t imagine what could be so bad to reach that point with two young children. Or how she kept such horrible feelings and anxiety hidden so well from loved ones. It’s all very sad and unsettling. Her poor family.

    • Linda

      Well let me inform you being a mother of 3 wonderful children depression is worse than you could possibly imagine for a person to go through and alone. Unless you have felt depression so bad it literally makes your whole body hurt please don’t judge.

  • Patti

    Beautiful Jennifer, God Rest Your Soul, you must have been in terrible anguish. I am praying for you and your family.

  • Linda

    The symptoms of real depression create hopelessness and the thoughts of ending their life. To leave 2 young sons might even indicate that she might have thought the children would be better off without her. It’s the DEPRESSION talking. Otherwise, how does a usually happy mom and wife suddenly plan her end. Depression can be fatal.

  • Roger Robinson

    she did not hang her self husband did it he got a girl friend check him real good you will see a person would not have done all the stuff she done husband set her up look for a coke bottle check the in side and out side real good put it in the lab

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