The Disappearance of Jennifer Huston

Oregon Mom Vanishes While Running Errands

Jennifer Huston
Jennifer Hutson and Her SUV. Facebook

Police: Jennifer Huston Committed Suicide

Oregon authorities said Jennifer Huston, the missing mom whose body was found 12 days after she disappeared, committed suicide. The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office said the 38-year-old Huston died of asphxiation.

Detectives said an empty box of sleeping pills were found at the scene. Her cell phone and purse were found in her SUV along with a note addressed to her family.

Although toxicology tests are still pending, authorities were convinced that she intentionally took her own life.

The medical examiner said Huston died close to the time she was reported missing on July 24.

Huston's family released a statement through the Newberry-Dundee Police. It read 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 led to locating Jennifer's car and finding Jennifer.

Additionally, we are grateful for the support of those who took the time to share their words of encouragement and prayers on FaceBook and helped fund the extensive search efforts.

This community really came together to support this effort as so many could relate to a mother of two small children and a husband desperately looking for his wife.

We also appreciate all the efforts of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department with support from other law enforcement agencies, on our behalf to find Jennifer.

Lastly I'd like to thank the media for the viral coverage to get the message out of our search for Jennifer. We appreciated the sensitivity to our desperate search for her.

At this time we respectfully ask for privacy from the media for Kallen (Jennifer's husband), the boys and our extended family and friends.

The family will be holding a Celebration of Life at a yet to be determined date, time and location.

Body of Jennifer Hutson Found

Aug. 5, 2014 - The body and vehicle of missing Dundee, Oregon mom Jennifer Huston was found early Tuesday on private property in a wooded, rural area about 25 miles southwest of where she was last seen on July 24. Huston's body was found about 50 feet from her parked SUV.

Vern Clemmer, the owner of the 40-acre property found the vehicle while riding his tractor in the area. He spotted the 1999 Lexus LX-470 backed in about 150 feet onto his property off Gopher Valley Road and also smelled what he thought was a dead deer.

Suspecting possible illegal hunting, he noted the license plate of the vehicle and drove his tractor back home, never leaving the tractor. When he returned to the house, his wife asked, "Is it a dark-green SUV?"

Police identified the vehicle as Huston's and quickly found her body nearby.

Clemmer told reporters that a rope gate with a "Private Property/No Trespassing" sign blocks the entrance into that area of his property from Gopher Valley Road.

He said the rope had to have been removed and then put back for Huston's car to get into the position it was in.

"Where she was hid, you could never see it from the road," said Clemmer. "You probably, unless you were looking for it, couldn't see it with a helicopter."

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Newberg-Dundee Police Chief Brian Casey said there was no evidence of foul play and no reason for the public to be alarmed.

"Because this is a pending death investigation, we are not releasing the apparent cause of death," Casey said.

Huston, 38, was wearing the same clothes she had on when surveillance cameras captured her buying gas and later cold medicine at a drug store, said Capt. Jeff Kosmicki, of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department.

“We are keeping an open mind, but we have a pretty good idea of what happened," said Kosmicki.

Earlier Developments

Police are looking for clues and friends and family members have launched a social media campaign to help find a 38-year-old Oregon mother of two who failed to return home after running errands for her family on Thursday, July 24.

Jennifer Huston, of Dundee, Oregon, used her debit card to put gas in her Lexus SUV at a Circle K around 6 p.m., but there has been no activity on her credit cards or her cell phone after that time.

No Evidence of Foul Play

Officially, Newberg-Dundee Police Department spokesperson Jeff Kosmicki said there is no evidence of any crime and no reason to believe Huston vanished under suspicious circumstances. He said the department is gathering information in the case, but police are not aware of any foul play.

But, family members insist that the mother of two sons ages 3 and 6, would never leave on her own accord.

'Absolutely Scared to Death'

Bill Turner, Huston's father, said there were no conflicts at home and she would “never leave her boys. She is an amazing mom and woman.”

Turner told reporters and he and his wife are "scared to death. We're absolutely scared to death."

Huston's husband, Kallen Huston, said his wife's disappearance was completely out of character.

"Completely odd," Huston told reporters. "Completely out of character for her to just disappear like this."

'She Would Never Leave'

"I can honestly and truly tell you even if there was something I wasn't aware about where there was something she wasn't happy with about me, with our relationship, she would never leave our boys. She's been gone three days now. There's no way she would leave," Kallen said.

Family members reviewed Huston's email account and Facebook accounts and found no suspicious activity prior to her disappearance. Turner said they also tried to use the locator feature on her iPhone to try to find her, but the phone had apparently been turned off.

Social Media Effort Builds

The family has set up a "Find Jennifer Huston" Facebook page which picked up hundreds of "likes" within the first few hours it was up.

As of Sunday, the page had more than 11,000 likes as the family's social media campaign gained steam.

The page says that the family is offering a reward "for information leading to the safe return of Jennifer Huston," but it does not specify the amount of the reward.

Volunteers Join in Search

Friends have covered Huston's hometown with missing person flyers and volunteers have posted the flyers along Interstate-5 as far away as Tacoma.

Huston's family expressed appreciation for all of the efforts to help find the missing mom.

"It's overwhelming. I truly appreciate what you are doing. Obviously I am an emotional wreck right now, but it warms my heart to see so many people trying," Kallen Huston said.

License Plate: WXH-011

Surveillance video from the Circle K store shows that Huston was apparently alone in her dark green Lexus LX-470 when she purchased gas at 6:10 p.m. Thursday about nine minutes from her home. The vehicle has license plate #WXH-011.

Huston was last seen wearing pink Nike shoes and yogo pants, according to the Facebook page. She is 5'-7" with blonde hair and blue eyes.

See Also:
Oregon Live: Father of Missing Dundee Woman: "We're Absolutely Scared to Death"
KGW: Dundee Mom Still Missing, Husband Pleads for Her Return