Washington County authorities investigating 'suspicious' death
The Washington County Sheriff's Office says detectives are seeking the public's help after a woman's body was found north of Banks.
The Sheriff's Office reported Friday night, Oct. 22, that the body of 42-year-old Jessica Elizabeth Hart was discovered and reported to authorities on Sunday, Oct. 17. The death is considered "suspicious" based on evidence found at the scene, the Sheriff's Office said, without providing details.
Hart's family was notified the day her body was found, according to the Sheriff's Office.
An autopsy was conducted by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office the following day, but the results are not being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
Hart is believed to have died at least two weeks before her body was found in the vicinity of Northwest Sellers and Linklater roads, about 5 miles north of Banks.
Hart is described as a white woman, about 5-foot-8 and 210 pounds. She was reportedly wearing a camouflage hat, sweater, and stretch pants as well as black Sketchers tennis shoes.
Detectives have already recovered Hart's vehicle, a white 2006 Saab 93 soft-top convertible. The Sheriff's Office described the vehicle as having recently been spray-painted white; it was originally black.
Detectives are looking for anyone who has information about Hart's death, saw her vehicle or had contact with Hart in the past several months.
Contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-846-2700 if you have information.
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