OSP updates child death investigation

Still seeks public’s help identifying youth’s remains

NORTH LINCOLN COUNTY — The Oregon State Police issued a Monday news release to update the public and continue to ask its assistance in the investigation into the discovery of a female youth’s remains found on Dec. 10 in the H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor northeast of Rose Lodge.

Previous releases issued by OSP stated only that the child’s remains were discovered in the scenic corridor, Monday’s release specifically states she was found at the Van Duzer Rest Area, located on Highway 18 about 13 miles east of Lincoln City at milepost 9.7.

To refocus the public’s attention and reduce the amount of duplicate tips provided by the public, OSP released a list of six reportedly missing children that investigators are excluding from its investigation. These children are Dulce Alavez, 6, from Bridgeton, N.J.; Addyson Gibson, age 12, and Noelle Johnson, age 7, from Portland; Niayah Bylenga (also known as Niayah Crawford), age 7, from Pendleton or Ritzville, Wash.; Tarie Price, age 8, from Gretna, Neb.; and Breasia Terrell, age 10, from Davenport, Iowa. 

“OSP reminds the public that while these children have been excluded from our investigation, they are all still reported missing, and we ask the public to continue to be vigilant for these children and all other missing persons reported across the nation,” OSP wrote. 

As of Monday’s release, OSP said it received more than 150 citizen tips from both the U.S. and Canada, but still cannot identify the child. Following an examination, the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office estimates the child was between 6 1/2 and 10 years old. She was approximately 3 feet 10 inches to 4 feet 6 inches tall, with long black or brown hair. The child’s race and ethnic origin remains undetermined, but OSP says DNA analysis of the remains is not yet complete.

“We are deeply appreciative of the public’s input so far and continue to accept information, which may lead to the identification of the child,” her OSP release stated.

Last week, OSP, with the help of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, released a presumptive sketch of what the child may have looked liked.

“OSP, in partnership with the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), and numerous state and local agencies across the United States, are using a variety of means to include or exclude known missing persons who match the general description and/or sketch previously released,” OSP wrote in there release.

Though methods of identification can include using dental records, confirmed sightings of missing children from verifiable sources or recent contacts with families, OSP will make no public statement on the means its using in attempting to identify the youth.

Those with information that could help OSP identify the child’s remains are asked to call 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP (*677).


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