NORTH PLAINS, OR (KPTV) – The body believed to be Allyson Watterson was found in a rural area of North Plains, according to Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called to the 15800 block of Northwest Corey Road in unincorporated area of North Plains just before 5 p.m. Saturday where a property owner was clearing brush when they discovered what they believe were human remains.

Based on the location of the remains and evidence found at the scene, detectives suspect the remains are those of Allyson Watterson, deputies said.

On Sunday, the sheriff’s office search and rescue team and detectives were in the area looking for evidence.

“They’re on hands and knees, shoulder-to-shoulder going through thick blackberries and that kind of stuff,” said Deputy Tony Morris, search and rescue coordinator with the sheriff’s office. “When we end up out here on these kinds of things, we’re going to do our utmost best to not miss anything so that if it does go to a criminal investigation, we’re completely prepared for it.”

This is in the same area where some of Watterson’s belongings were found earlier this month.

Watterson was last seen with her boyfriend, Benjamin Hunter Garland, on December 22, 2019 in a wooded area in North Plains, but wasn’t reported missing until a day later by Garland.

Deputies originally said the pair had been hiking, but Watterson’s mother says they had been visiting friends in the area and the boyfriend’s truck broke down. She says when they went looking for help, they got separated and Watterson went missing.

Deputies later said they recovered a stolen truck in the area, and they arrested Garland, on charges related to that truck, as well as other unrelated outstanding warrants.

“This area did have searches in it, but as thick as it is, the type of searching we’re doing is we’re going through and looking for obvious signs that somebody has gone into any type of thick area, so we’re pretty much between two areas that we did that in,” Morris said.

Now, missing posters are covered with new signs saying, “fly with the angels.”

Investigators say they’ll be following leads based on what’s found here to determine the circumstances around Watterson’s death.

“No one likes to wonder what happened or what you missed, especially being in law enforcement, you always kind of second guess those things, so good that we can at least bring closure in the sense that her family won’t be wondering where she is,” said Deputy Shannon Wilde.

Watterson’s family is asking for privacy right now, but her aunt Billy Macy sent FOX 12 a message to share, saying, “Our family is deeply heartbroken. And the only person that can comfort us is no longer here. I could’ve never anticipated the pain of losing her forever. This is not closure. We are thankful throughout the communities throughout the country for the unwavering support. It is difficult to know where to go from here.”

The Washington County Medical Examiner’s Office will be the one to officially identify the remains.    

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