Haley Lorenzen followed her heart in a move from Oregon to Pennsylvania.
Now, her loved ones are trying to raise funds to bring her body home.
On New Year's Day of this year, law enforcement in Pennsylvania received reports that Lorenzen, 24, had gone missing from her home in Wyoming County, PA., near the city of Scranton. After a lengthy search, police arrested Phillip Walters — the man she traveled across the country for — in connection to her death.
According to law enforcement, Walters, 31, killed Lorenzen, who was from Gresham, and threw her body into the Susquehanna River after tying it to a bag of rocks. The discovery was made after a woman came forward claiming to have helped dispose of the body. The woman, who has not been charged, said she was also in a relationship with Walters and didn't want to get tied up in a love triangle. Police said when she arrived at his home to confront him, she found Lorenzen's body in the bathroom.
She told police that Walters had choked Lorenzen and hit her in the head with a hammer. He is in Wyoming County Prison facing homicide charges.
Meanwhile the Tunkhannock Township Police Department is leading the effort to find Lorenzen's body, and her family is fundraising to bring her back to Oregon.
The problem the department faces is the icy conditions that have made the search difficult. Dive teams outfitted in dry suits to combat the frigid temperatures have been combing the river near the bridge where Lorenzen was thrown in, but chunks of ice have made it dangerous to navigate boats. According to reports, crews have also been walking the banks and a state police helicopter has been searching by air.
Lorenzen's family started a GoFundMe campaign, www.gofundme.com/missing-person-haley-maree-lorenzen, and have a benefit planned to help cover expenses related to the search and the return of her body to Oregon.
The Haley Lorenzen Fundraiser Dinner will run from 2-7 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First St. All proceeds from the spaghetti dinner will be donated to the Haley Lorenzen Benefit Fund.
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