Body of Missing Douglas County Woman Found

This is an update to the story we brought you on September 30th.

Searchers have recovered the body of Branda Hoyle who went missing on Saturday, September 25, 2021.

43-year-old Branda Hoyle was on an outing with family members when she walked away from the group. When she didn’t return, family became concerned and began looking for her. They later called 9-1-1 when they hadn’t located her.

On Monday, October 4, 2021, at approximately 1:00 pm, a 9-1-1 caller reported finding a deceased body along the North Umpqua River approximately 2.5 miles north east of the Umpqua Hot Springs on the North Umpqua Trail. Deputies and searchers responded and determined the body was that of Branda Hoyle.

The Douglas County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating the death. At this time there are no indications of foul play and prolonged exposure to the elements are considered to be the highest concerning factors. 

A large scale search operation had been underway since her disappearance, but revealed no clues as to her whereabouts. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue crews requested and received assistance from the Oregon State Police, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, Lane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, the Oregon State Search and Rescue Coordinator and the United States Coast Guard. Efforts included ground searchers, mountain rescue searchers, K9 teams, 4×4 teams and air resources to include aircraft and drones. Pacific Corp and the US Forest Service also provided support.