Human Remains Discovered in Rural Area of Jackson County

5/2/23 Update: The skeletal remains discovered last month have been positively identified and next-of-kin has been notified.

The decedent is Kris Heywood, 77, of Ashland. She was reported missing in September of 2022 to Ashland Police Department (APD case 22-1874).

Her remains were located in a remote location near the 3700 block of Old Highway 99 south of Ashland. This case does not appear to be criminal, although the investigation is ongoing.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives are investigating a suspicious death after skeletal remains were discovered April 14 in a remote area in a rural southern Jackson County.

The suspicious nature of the scene led to JCSO detectives and medical examiners responding to investigate.

The rugged terrain and remote area required JCSO Search and Rescue to assist in recovering the body. Due to the ongoing investigation, the exact location of the remains will not be released at this time.

A forensic pathologist conducted an autopsy and concluded the remains were most likely female. Investigators are working to identify the subject and the cause and manner of death.

Due to the advanced stages of decomposition, state medical examiners will conduct further testing.

This case is under further investigation with detectives following additional leads. Authorities say that no additional information is available for release at this time.

Source: JCSO

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