Search for clues continues in disappearance, death of Meighan Cordie

Deputies believe the body found near Highway 18 is Meighan Cordie (Image: Mountain Wave Search and Rescue)

The search for clues in the mysterious disappearance and death of a woman in Dayton continued into the weekend as investigators tried to figure out what happened.

Meighan Cordie, 27, disappeared after a wedding on Aug. 18 on Grand Island. Searchers scoured thousands of acres on the ground and by air looking for her. On Thursday, a body was found matching her description roughly nine miles away near the town of Dayton.

Security footage at Bob’s Grand Island Grocery and Deli captured Cordie before the wedding.

“She was kind of dressed up,” store clerk Megan Spencer said. “I commented on her outfit and she said thank you, she bought drinks and then she left and I didn’t see her after that.”

That was until the next day.

“I saw a picture of her outfit and I was like, I remember the that outfit and so I said I did see her and we had that surveillance footage so we handed that over,” Spencer said.

On Thursday, investigators say a body, later confirmed to be Cordie’s, was found off the side of the road near the interchange with Wallace Road and Highway 18.

Since then, investigators with the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office have kept details of the case close to the vest.

In a media release the agency wrote, “This case is ongoing and in its early stages. Details that could compromise the investigation will not be released at this time. Additional information will be provided in the form of a media release when appropriate.”

On Friday, they released more information in another press release, writing, “The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the cause of death to be from blunt force trauma. Investigators are working on determining how the trauma occurred and the circumstances surrounding it. “

The sheriff’s office said details of the autopsy are not being released to ensure the integrity of the investigation.

There has been no word if investigators are looking for any suspects in regard to the case or if the public is in danger.

“Was it an accident or did somebody intentionally hurt her and I think that is a worry because Dayton is such a small town,” Spencer said.

Those living in and around Dayton echo the same message. They are praying for the young woman and her family.

“I really do feel for her family and I am just hoping that they are doing OK. Hopefully they get the answers they need as soon as they can,” Spencer said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office at 503-434-7506.

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