Umatilla Tribal Police say there were three bodies in a burned-out car found last week on the reservation and that one of them is unidentified. The car was found in a deep draw...
MISSION, Ore. — Umatilla Tribal Police say there were three bodies in a burned-out car found last week on the reservation and that one of them is unidentified.
The car was found in a deep draw. Originally, police could not tell how many bodies were in the vehicle because it was so thoroughly burned.
Police think two of the victims are Lynette Antonio and Selena Williams, both reservation residents, reported missing two days before the wreckage was found.
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Tribal Police Chief Ron Harnden said the two women were known to have been in the vehicle.
Tribal police had resisted releasing the names of the two until their identities were confirmed by forensic experts.
But FBI spokeswoman Beth Ann Steele said identification may never be made forensically because of the burned condition.
“We won’t have the identities until late this week, if at all,” she said.
Harnden said no other missing-person reports have been filed in the Mission community, nor from any nearby reservations.
Police estimate that the accident occurred late Saturday, Dec. 18, or early Sunday, Dec. 19.
The car was reported missing Sunday morning.