According to the Portland Police Bureau, the corpse of a missing Gresham woman was discovered in a forested area in the Pleasant Valley district of Southeast Portland. Kristin Smith, a lady of 22 years of age, went missing on December 22, 2022.
According to a Portland Police Bureau tweet, the remains of a missing woman have been found in the Pleasant Valley area-
Press Release: Missing Woman’s Remains Located in the Pleasant Valley Neighborhood, Death Investigation Underway (Photo)
Link: https://t.co/yFIhTNpzC3 pic.twitter.com/dgW0cjQ1PF
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) May 25, 2023
On February 19, police were called to the woods outside of Southeast Deardorff Road and Southeast Flavel Street in the Pleasant Valley Neighborhood on a complaint of human remains. According to PPB, it was determined that the body was indeed that of Smith. We have informed her relatives.
Authorities said that Multnomah County Search and Rescue and the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted additional searches months after Smith’s remains were discovered to unearth new evidence.
The authorities are still treating this as a death investigation for the time being. PPB did not specify in their statement whether they consider Smith’s death to be suspicious or not. The Portland Police Bureau and the Office of the Medical Examiner are still investigating what happened.
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Detectives Jeff Pontius and Kristina Coffey ask anybody with information to contact them at the numbers listed below or by email at Jeffery.Pontius@police.portlandoregon.gov or by phone at 503-823-0433. This is a breaking news item. We will revise it as more details emerge.