Portland woman found dead in Columbia County; ruled homicide

Portland woman's death ruled a homicide

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ore. -- A Portland woman found dead in rural Columbia County died of homicidal violence, the sheriff's office said.

Apache Rose Hightower, 24, was found Tuesday down an embankment by a passerby on Pittsburg Road, about a mile from Salmonberry Lake.

An autopsy was conducted Wednesday afternoon. Investigators identified the body using fingerprint records, according to the sheriff's office.

Investigators have not determined a suspect. They are encouraging anyone with information about the case to call the Columbia County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-366-4698. 



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