Missing Oregon mom Jennifer Huston found dead


by Teresa Blackman, KGW.com Staff


Posted on August 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 7 at 12:07 PM

DUNDEE, Ore. – Missing Dundee mom Jennifer Huston has been found dead, near a remote dirt road in Yamhill County, police said.

A property owner spotted her SUV Tuesday morning in a grove of trees near Southeast Gopher Valley Road, just off Highway 18. He alerted police around 10:30 p.m., who soon found Huston's body nearby, according to the Newberg-Dundee Police Department.  They said there were no clues which indicated foul play, but this remains "an active death investigation."

An area resident told KGW a chainlink fence had been haphazardly moved and that's what led the property owner to finding Huston's SUV.  That neighbor also reported noticing a strong odor.

After a tip from a viewer, KGW's Sky-8 helicopter spotted the SUV and aerial photos showed that the license plates matched that of Jennifer Huston's. It was unclear if anything was inside the vehicle.

Huston, 38, has been missing since the evening of Thursday, July 24.  She left home to run errands and seemed a little stressed out, according to her husband, Kallen Huston.

Police put together a timeline based on the facts and evidence they were able to collect so far.  Huston left home around 5:45 p.m., withdrew a small amount of money from at ATM at the First Community Credit Union around 6 p.m., bought snacks and sleeping pills at a local Rite Aid and then gassed up her SUV at the Newberg Circle K at 6:10 p.m. Her cell phone stopped working at 6:25 p.m.  No one has heard of her since.

Police were able to obtain surveillance video from the bank and gas station.  Investigators who studied that video said they were confident Huston was the only person in the vehicle when it pulled up.

Huston was driving a dark green 1999 Lexus SUV with Oregon License number WXH 011. She was wearing black yoga pants with a black zip-up sweatshirt and Nike tennis shoes that were black and pink. (See missing person flyer attached below.)

Kallen said Jennifer had been complaining about a headache the three days before she vanished, but she did not have any other known health issues.

Jennifer and Kallen have two young sons, ages 2 and 6, whose birthdays are both in September.  The couple also had big plans to celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary on August 14. Huston's family said she was a dedicated wife and mother, and would never have left on her own.