MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. — A body found in Myrtle Creek at the end of September has been officially linked to a missing Roseburg woman, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
Susan Marie Cason was reported missing to the Roseburg Police Department on September 13, the agency said. A little more than a week later on September 22, a man called to report finding human remains in the 2000-block of Dole Road in Myrtle Creek.
"Deputies responded along with detectives and the Douglas County Medical Examiner," the Sheriff's Office said. "In conjunction with the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office, the remains were examined at which time positive identification was made and foul-play was ruled out."
The Sheriff's Office said that it kept the discovery of Cason's remains under wraps for weeks "to protect the integrity of the investigation in the event there was a criminal component," but the agency said it was never concerned about a risk to the public.
Authorities were in contact with Cason's family throughout the course of the investigation, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said.
A missing persons flyer posted by the Facebook page "Missing Persons & Unsolved Cases in Douglas County, Oregon" said that Cason was 58 years old. She was last seen on September 3 in Myrtle Creek, and was known to use the bus system between Roseburg, Myrtle Creek, and Canyonville.