Missing Oregon mother Jennifer Huston was found dead Tuesday morning near her SUV on a rural, remote road about 24 miles from her Dundee home, police said.
A landowner discovered her dark green Lexus on his property in Yamhill County near Sheridan around 10.30 a.m. and notified authorities.
Detectives who responded to the scene on Southeast Gopher Valley Road, just off Highway 18, discovered her body nearby, Newberg-Dundee Police Department Captain Chris Bolek told NBC News.
Bolek said there were no signs of foul play and no evidence to suggest that the public was in any danger, though he gave no indication of how she died.
The grim discovery comes a day after San Juan County, Washington, sheriff’s office said it had been unable to confirm a report that the Dundee woman might be in the San Juan Islands of northwest Washington.
KPTV reports that the sheriff’s office said Monday it had received ‘no information confirming the presence of Jennifer Huston in the San Juan Islands.’
Investigators were checking out a report that the missing woman was spotted late last week on the ferry out of Anacortes to Friday Harbor in the San Juans.
A couple who notified deputies told KPTV that they saw a woman matching Huston’s description driving a car that matched Huston’s car on July 31.
The 38-year-old woman was last seen July 24 running errands at around 6pm. A search was conducted in Oregon.
Huston’s family says she spent time in the San Juans in the past.
A couple say they saw a blonde female in her 30s on the 9am ferry to Friday Harbor in a car that matched the make and model of Huston’s green Lexus, including a crack in the windshield.
However the ferry system in the area is connected to 20 terminals, including Seattle, which made the search to find Huston on surveillance footage near impossible.
‘If that was her on the ferry, she could be on Orcas Island right now, she could be on Lopez, she could be on Shaw, she could be anywhere using the ferry systems,’ San Juan County Under sheriff Bruce Distler told KPTV last week.
Huston, from Dundee, Oregon, was last seen taking cash out at a bank, filling up her car with gas and then buying snacks and non-lethal sleeping pills at a Rite Aid in nearby Newberg around 6.22pm on July 24.
She also withdrew a ‘small sum’ of money from an ATM, but it is not known how much.
Her cell phone stopped working minutes after she was seen at the gas station, but police said it was not due to a dead battery, according to Fox News, and she has not used her credit cards since.
She told her husband, Kallen Huston, she had some errands to run, but then never returned home.
At a press conference this week, Mr Huston – who has passed a polygraph test – said he believed that finding his wife’s 99 Lexus would be the key to finding her.