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Klamath County Woman's Mysterious Death Sparks Investigation

The woman was found dead in a field with 'no visible injuries' after driving erratically and crashing her vehicle, according to Oregon State Police.

Posted: Apr 10, 2018 1:51 PM

BEATTY, Ore. — Oregon State Police (OSP) are investigating the death of a Klamath County woman after she was found dead in a field close to her house in Beatty.

OSP says that they began an investigation related to 60-year-old Debra Dougan on Friday, April 6, when witnesses reported seeing a light-colored pickup truck careening down Highway 140.

The first calls came in around 8:00 p.m., saying that a white Toyota Tacoma was heading eastbound, weaving across the lanes of traffic near milepost 28. One witness said that the driver of the pickup nearly hit them head-on.

Just a few minutes later, witnesses say that the driver of the pickup ran off the road near milepost 36 and became stuck. A woman exited the pickup, appearing intoxicated, and walked away, according to OSP.

When police and paramedics arrived at the scene 40 minutes later, they could not find the woman. Inspection of the pickup led them to Dougan's registered address, but OSP said that no one appeared to be home. Dougan was not located.

Two days later, on Sunday, a friend of Dougan's called police to report that the woman had been missing since April 6. As OSP and the Klamath County Sheriff's Office were returning to the scene of the crashed pickup, they received another call from the friend. Dougan had been found dead in a field nearby her house.

The investigation into Dougan's death is ongoing, but OSP reports that she showed no signs of visible injuries, and there was no evidence of suspicious circumstances. 

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