ST. HELENS, Ore. — Authorities say a suspicious death in rural Columbia County is now a homicide investigation.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in a news release Wednesday identified 24-year-old Apache Rose Hightower of Portland as the person found dead Tuesday northeast of St. Helens.
Investigators used fingerprint records to make a positive identification of Hightower’s body.
An autopsy showed she died of homicidal violence.
Deputies responding to the scene Tuesday discovered her body down an embankment.
A major crimes team is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call a recorded tip line at (503) 366-4698.