Man charged with murder in death of woman found in woods outside Alsea
Sheriff Scott Jackson
ALSEA, Ore. – Detectives arrested a 27-year-old accused of murdering the woman who was found dead in a forest outside Alsea on Monday.
Investigators are still working to get a positive identification of the victim, a woman in her 20s. Security personnel found her body Monday several miles up a logging road on property owned by Weyerhaeuser.
Initial reports say it appears she died of a gunshot wound.
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"The circumstances surrounding the positioning of the body indicated a violent or unexpected death," Undersheriff Greg Ridler said.
Benton County Sheriff’s deputies arrested William Hargrove, 27, overnight Wednesday on a murder charge.
Officials haven’t released details on how Hargrove was linked to the woman’s death. He's being held without bail.
"They knew each other, they were acquaintances," Benton County Sheriff Scott Jackson said Thurday. "That's about all I want to say until we make sure the family is notified."
Detectives have tentatively identified the victim.
However they say it could take several days before they make a positive identification and notify her family members.