Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) - The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Monday asked for the public's help identifying a dead body found over the weekend.

Deputies say a Camp Namanu employee found the woman’s body in a ditch around 10:30 a.m. Sunday on Southeast Camp Nemanu Road near the Sandy River in the Bull Run/Sandy area.

Deputies believe the body was likely dumped in the ditch sometime between Saturday evening and Sunday morning. They say they are working to create a sketch of the victim from photos of the body and describe the woman as possibly Hispanic and in her mid-20s to early 30s.

They say she had a medium build, stood around five-feet-four-inches tall and weighed approximately 155 pounds. She was wearing a black shirt with cutout shoulders, salmon-colored jeans, silver strappy sandals and a large black fabric hair tie, the sheriff’s office says.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office has completed an autopsy and says the woman died of homicidal violence. Employees at nearby Camp Namanu, a kids camp, are cooperating with investigators.

“Our hearts and thoughts go out to the woman and her family,” the camp said in a statement.

Authorities say the area is isolated but for some houses nearby. 

"We don’t have police officers up here very often so when I saw them I knew something big was happening," Leah Starkovich, who lives in the area, said.

Starkovich says the discovery has left her feeling uneasy, especially with so many questions unanswered.

“I hope that they figure out what happened to her just because that’s sad, and they said she was wearing kind of dressy clothes, so it just made me wonder what went wrong,” Starkovich said.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has conducted a grid search of the area with assistance from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scenes Investigation Unit.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office on their tip line at 503-723-4949 or online on their website. Deputies say to reference CCSO case number 18-29292.

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