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‘Our hearts ache today:’ Oregon mother’s death ruled suicide

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Jennifer Huston. (Photo: KPTV)

NEWBERG, Oregon — Jennifer Huston’s death has been ruled a suicide, the Oregon State’s Medical Examiner’s Office announced Wednesday.

The married mother of two disappeared on July 24th. Her body was discovered about 40 yards from her SUV in a wooded area in Sheridan, Oregon.

The medical examiner said Huston’s cause of death was asphyxiation and the manner of death was suicide. Toxicology reports were not available, officials said.

Investigators said an empty box of sleeping aids that she bought the night she disappeared was found at the scene, along with a receipt from the gas station in Newberg where she was last seen.

Police said they found a note addressed to family members left inside the SUV.

Her purse and other belongings were also found inside the car. Huston’s cell phone has been analyzed by computer forensic detectives.

Huston’s family released the following statement:

Our hearts ache today.
We have lost our first born child. We have lost a wife and a mother.
We don’t know what lead Jennifer to this dark place and to this end and perhaps never will understand this.
We are incredibly thankful to family, friends, community and media for their searching, supporting and getting the information out that lead to locating Jennifer’s car and finding Jennifer.
Additionally, we are grateful for the support of those who took the time share their words of encouragement and prayers on FaceBook and helped fund the extensive search efforts.
This community really came together to support this effort as so many could relate to a mother of two small children and a husband desperately looking for his wife.
We also appreciate all the efforts of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department with support from other law enforcement agencies, on our behalf to find Jennifer.
Lastly I’d like to thank the media for the viral coverage to get the message out of our search for Jennifer. We appreciated the sensitivity to our desperate search for her.
At this time we are respectfully ask for privacy from the media for Kallen, the boys and our extended family and friends.
The family will be holding a Celebration of Life at a yet to be determined date, time and location. We will post this on the “Find Jennifer Huston” FaceBook page when arrangements have been finalized.
The City of Newberg will also post this information on their website and FaceBook page.


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  • John Fuller

    This is truly sad. I can understand a person wanting to commit suicide if they live in the Seattle area with absolutely pathetic traffic, high taxes, and liberals ramming the Gay Agenda down our throats on a daily basis. Is Oregon a crappy place to live also?

    • colleen

      wow John, what a pathetically selfish, and cowardly way you have found to spew your views ( on the back of some ones tragedy). Sorry you find life so unfair WAWAWAWA. you sound like a toddler having a tantrum. You are a classless ignorant d-bag grow up act like a man (for once???)

  • jeff

    The police told everyone that the sleeping pills were not enough to kill someone. Is this a case of neglect by the police department or what? Of course, no one saw this coming did they?

    • jeff

      Thoughts and prayers should go out the father who now has to explain to his children their mommy didn’t love them enough to stay with them.

      • Ann

        That’s a grossly unfair way to frame the situation, shame on you. Love isn’t enough to keep people from suicide and it’s rarely the cause for it-especially when it comes to a mother with living children. It’s not that black and white, don’t be so careless.

  • LM

    One has to understand something about suicide, sometimes living with a pain is so great that ending your life is the only way you see out. There is hope for those that reach out for help but sadly many do not. My heart aches for the family.

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