UPDATE: Body found near North Plains tied to 2012 murder
Investigators have confirmed that a body found outside of North Plains on Friday is connected to the 2012 murder of Theresa Fronsman.
Washington County Sheriff's deputies were called to private forestland near Northwest Willies Lane and Pumpkin Ridge Road north of North Plains on Friday morning, Nov. 3, after a human remains were discovered by hunters on rural forest land near Pumpkin Ridge Road.
In a press release issued Friday, detectives said that the remains appear to be of an adult and have likely been there for an extended period of time. Investigators believe the body may be connected to Fronsman's death.
Fronsman's body was found shot to death inside her home on Pumpkin Ridge Road on Dec. 12, 2012.
Investigators at the time said they found spent 10mm Hornady shell casing at the scene of Fronsman's murder. Boxes of the rare shell casings were found inside the mobile home of suspect Robert Dwight Hardison, 51, a friend and business partner of Fronsman and her husband, James. Hardison lived on the couple's property off Northwest Pumpkin Ridge Road.
Hardison disappeared after her death and was never found. No murder weapon in the case was ever recovered.
Hardison and James Fronsman ran the Christmas tree farm, sharing the profits equally, according to court records at the time. Investigators said that Hardison had become upset with Fronsman after she allegedly deposited their checks into her bank account.
Although Hardison was never found, a Washington County grand jury did indict him on charges of aggravated murder, murder and first-degree burglary.
DNA evidence from the body will be submitted to teh Oregon State Crime Lab for testing, detectives said.
This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.