RAINIER, OR (KPTV) - Deputies are investigating after a woman's body was found off a rural road in Rainier Wednesday afternoon.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office said the body was found on the side of Neer City Road just after 12 p.m.
Investigators from the sheriff's office, along with the St. Helens Police Department, Scappoose Police Department and the Oregon State Police, are at the scene investigating.
The sheriff's office said they have a tentative ID, but are not releasing the name until family has been notified.
A woman who lives down the road from the scene, Dawn Getzlaff, told FOX 12 she and her neighbors are shaken up.
“They’re all just devastated and sad. And we’re wondering what happened. Did someone hit her or was she part of foul play? We don’t know,” Getzlaff said. “It is scary, you know. It’s sad.”
Getzlaff said she’s noticed people walking along Neer City Road before.
“I have seen them walk when it’s starting to get dark and, you know, I’ve stopped a couple times and asked them if they’ve needed a ride. And they’re like, ‘Nope, we’re good,’” Getzlaff said.
Getzlaff said drivers sometimes treat Neer City Road like a highway, speeding on sharp turns at night when it’s dark.
“Terrible. This road is terrible,” she said. “It’s scary because it’s so close to home. The police were here and we’re like, ‘Do we need to be afraid?’”
Investigators said there is no public safety concern, but they are still trying to figure out what led up to this woman’s death. Deputies told FOX 12 there are no visible, obvious injuries on her body. However, they say they’re not ruling anything out.
Neer City Road was reopened around 6 p.m.
No other information has been released at this time.
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