Family of Missing Woman Speaks Out

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The remains of a Central Point woman who disappeared seven years ago are found and identified.

The Medical Examiner confirms the body is that of 46-year-old Rachel Rice. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department says Rice was last seen walking on Old Stage Road where her remains were found recently.

NewsWatch 12’s Sharon Ko spoke with Rice’s daughter Lindsey Rice Meilicke, who says when she heard about some human remains found in Central Point a few days ago, she had a feeling it was her mother.

Lindsey said her mother, Rachel, suffered from schizophrenia at an early age. Before she was last seen in August 2005, Rachel was known to get up and leave. Lindsey would get phone calls from people from out of state, like California or Nevada, saying that her mother was there. Now with the recent discovery, Lindsey said she now has closure.

“For the most part, our family has been at peace, and we’ve known that she wasn’t alive,” Lindsay explained. “But it is nice to know now where she exactly was.”

Through her mother’s death Lindsey hopes more funding will go into the Jackson County Mental Health Department. Back in the 80’s, when her mother was suffering from mental health issues, she says the department told her there was no more room and Lindsey had to take care of her mother.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department is awaiting results of an autopsy that will be performed on Thursday and has not yet ruled out foul play in the death.