DUNDEE, Ore. — A day after the body of missing Dundee mom Jennifer Huston was found on a remote Sheridan property, officials have ruled her death a suicide.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Huston died of asphyxiation and her death was listed as a suicide.
Huston's body was found about 40 yards from her SUV, and an empty box of sleeping pills and personal items were found inside the vehicle, according to Captain Jeff Kosmicki of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department.
A note to Huston's family was also found in the SUV, police said.
"Based on the totality of the evidence, detectives and the medical examiner have concluded that Jennifer had been deceased fairly close to the time she was reported missing," Kosmicki said.
Huston, 38, had been missing since July 24. She left home to run errands and seemed stressed out, according to her husband, Kallen Huston.
She was the mother of two sons, ages 2 and 6.
Huston's family issued a statement that read:
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 is making plans for a Celebration of Life.