PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities working in an unincorporated area near North Plains say they believe they have found the body of a 20-year-old woman reported missing in December.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said on Saturday that detectives believe the remains of Allyson Watterson were found in an area where a property owner had been clearing brush. Watterson was reported missing in North Plains, outside of Portland, The Oregonian/Oregon Live reports.
Watterson was first reported missing on Dec. 23 by her boyfriend’s father, Don Garland, who claimed Watterson and Benjamin Garland were hiking when the couple became separated in the woods.
Misty Watterson, Allyson’s mother, had said that her daughter and the boyfriend were in North Plains to visit a friend when their car broke down and that the two got separated as they left to go get help.
Deputies arrested Benjamin Garland the day after Watterson was reported missing on charges unrelated to her disappearance. He was sentenced to three years in prison in April after pleading guilty to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, fraudulent use of a credit card and theft for incidents between October and December.
The sheriff’s office said it was continuing its investigation.