The cause of death for a missing Oregon mother of two has been determined: Jennifer Huston died from suicide, and a note to family members was found.
Wednesday, a report from the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office said the missing Dundee woman‘s cause of death was due to asphyxiation. However, the document did not offer details on the manner of suffocation, citing a report from KPTV.
In an earlier report by The Inquisitr, the body of Jennifer Huston was found in an isolated part of Sheridan just off the rural road. Police found her remains a short distance away from her dark-colored SUV. Her body was found 12 days after she went missing (July 24).
Few details are available about what led police to Jennifer Huston’s body and why she committed suicide. All is known is that a number of agencies took part in a countywide search for any signs of the missing local woman. One spokesperson from the Newberg Police Department said the area where her corpse was found was in a remote area with thick brush and a large canopy of trees.
Huston’s body condition was not reported. Moreover, her vehicle did not show any signs of physical damage. Inside the compartment of the vehicle, Oregon investigators found a number of items the woman purchased at two local convenience stores. Grainy surveillance images and receipts confirmed she visited those locations shortly after going missing.
However, the single-most important piece of evidence that assisted authorities with determining Huston’s cause of death is a handwritten suicide note she allegedly left behind. At this time, the contents have not been revealed.
A statement from Jennifer’s family was released to the public via the Newberg-Dundee Police Department after her body was found: It reads 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.”
A crowdfunding account has been set up to help the Huston family with final expenses and assist Jennifer’s husband, Kallan, raise their two sons. As of this writing, $10,884 of the plan’s goal of $13,500, has been raised.
The Oregon missing woman’s case garnered sizable attention across the country. Many locals banned together in a search for the beloved mom, but sadly the results ended in the family’s worst nightmare, and they must process why her life ended in suicide.
A memorial for Jennifer Huston is in the works, but a date has not been finalized. Follow the Facebook page setup in her name for updates.
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