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Missing Myrtle Creek woman found deceased

Written by on December 15, 2021

Myrtle Creek, Ore. – Am issing Myrtle Creek woman who dissapeared last month has been found.

On November 27, 2021, at about 1:30 AM, Bonnie Jo Short, 77, of Myrtle Creek, left her residence driving a silver 2015 Ford Escape.

Over the next two weeks an extensive search was conducted by members of the Myrtle Creek Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Douglas County Search and Rescue.

On Monday, December 13, 2021 at about 6:37 PM, a citizen searching for loose cattle in the area of Salt Creek Road reported spotting Bonnie’s vehicle off the roadway on an old logging road. DCSO deputies responded to the area and located Bonnie’s vehicle unoccupied. Evidence at the scene suggests that Bonnie was trying to back up on the dirt logging road when her vehicle slid partially off the roadway and became stuck. The location of the vehicle ended up being approximately 5 miles up Dompier Creek Road off of South Umpqua Road.

On Tuesday morning, December 14, 2021, the above listed agencies conducted another search utilizing the Myrtle Creek Police Department’s drone, Search and Rescue’s drone, a Search and Rescue Canine and ground crews. Jackson County Search and Rescue also sent crews to the area to assist.

At about 12:45 PM, shortly before the Jackson County team arrived, Bonnie’s deceased body was located by Search and Rescue about 2/10ths of a mile from her vehicle. Douglas County Chief Medicolegal Death Investigator Craig Kinney responded to the scene and took possession of the body.

There were no signs of anything suspicious and foul play was not involved. Next of kin has been notified. The Myrtle Creek Police Department would like to thank the citizens who called in tips, hung missing person fliers in their businesses and assisted with helping locate Bonnie.

There will be no further information released at this time.

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