According to Portland Police, the remains of Kristin Smith, who was reported missing in December of the last year, were found about two months later in a forested area in Southeast Portland’s Pleasant Valley on Thursday.
Who Was Kristin Smith?
Kristin Smith, 22, was last seen in December 2022. Her body was discovered almost two months later, on February 19. The Portland Police Department received a complaint of human remains found along Southeast Flavel Street and Southeast Deardorff Road in Pleasant Valley.
Authorities started a confirmation and identification process to ensure her remains were hers. Her family was later informed of the awful discovery.
The police conducted repeated searches to obtain relevant evidence that could aid the inquiry. The Multnomah County Search and Rescue team and the experience of the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office assisted in these searches. The group aimed to find useful information and shed light on the events behind Kristin Smith’s untimely death.
The investigation into Kristin Smith’s case is currently ongoing. At this stage, the police have not classified her death as suspicious and are treating it as a death investigation.
The Portland Police Bureau and the Medical Examiner’s Office are collaborating closely to advance their progress in the investigation. Their joint efforts are aimed at gathering information, examining evidence, and seeking a comprehensive understanding of the circumstances surrounding Kristin Smith’s passing.
Kristin Smith’s Family
Melissa, a family member, believes Kristin’s death was the consequence of someone’s actions rather than a natural occurrence. However, the family is determined to learn the truth and get closure over what happened.
Amid their grief, loved ones have gathered at the family home to mourn and rejoice and reminisce about the great experiences Kristin shared with them.
The main goal of the family is to discover the truth about what happened to Kristin Smith. They think collecting this information will give them the closure they need. And also ensure that justice is served.
The family has launched an online fundraiser to assist with memorial and funeral arrangements costs. The effort seeks financial aid from friends and families who want to contribute and help during this tough time.