Jennifer Huston, the Oregon mother of two whose body was found 17 days after she vanished from her home, died of asphyxiation in what medical examiners said Wednesday was a suicide. An empty box of sleeping pills and a note to her family were at the scene where Huston, 38, was found Tuesday morning near her SUV on a remote road in the rural town of Sheridan, Newberg-Dundee police said late Wednesday afternoon.
"We have lost our first born child. We have lost a wife and a mother," Huston's family said in a statement. "We don't know what led Jennifer to this dark place and to this end and perhaps never will understand this."
Huston's husband reported her missing when she mysteriously vanished after having left her home to run errands on the evening of July 24. She was seen on surveillance footage entering a Rite-Aid pharmacy, where she bought trail mix, Gatorade and a packet of sleeping pills.
— M. Alex Johnson