Missing Oregon Mom's Death Ruled a Suicide
Jennifer Huston was found with an empty bottle of sleeping pills and a note
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2014 1:34 AM CDT
Jennifer Huston's body was found almost two weeks after she went missing.   (Find Jennifer Huston Facebook)

(Newser) – Just a day after finding missing Oregon mom Jennifer Huston's body, officials are ruling her death a suicide. Her husband first reported her missing after she left to run errands on the evening of July 24; the last known footage of her shows her entering a Rite Aid pharmacy, where she bought sleeping pills, Gatorade, and trail mix, reports NBC News. Police say she was found dead of asphyxiation about 40 yards from her SUV in Sheridan, Ore., while an empty box of sleeping pills and a note to her family were found inside the vehicle, reports KIRO-FM.

"We don't know what led Jennifer to this dark place and to this end and perhaps never will understand this," her family said in a statement. They also thanked "family, friends, community, and media" for helping launch a two-week search effort that extended to Washington earlier this week when a couple told police they thought they saw her boarding a ferry headed for the San Juan Islands. Huston, who was 38, is survived by her husband and two sons, ages 6 and 2.

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Aug 7, 2014 3:11 PM CDT
I hope that she found peace and that her family can find strength. For everyone who judges her, you can never know what demons drove her psyche
Denny Denise
Aug 7, 2014 6:04 AM CDT
I've heard the "selfish" comment many times before, but I don't get its pertinence. The person who commits suicide is in a place that most of us can't understand and hopefully never will. We think, "oh, just give it time; it'll get better." This person may have been an excellent mother, wife, etc., but when intense internal anguish takes hold, that person can see no light at the end of the tunnel. I don't condone what she's done, but I have tremendous sympathy.
Aug 7, 2014 4:37 AM CDT
Suicide has been called a selfish act...definitely when you leave 2 young children to grow up with the stigma this mom left.