Police say body found in Klamath County may be that of missing woman

Klamath County, Ore. – A body found in Klamath County is believed to be that of a woman who’s been missing since early August – and police are treating the case as a possible homicide.

Cheryl Elizabeth Hart was last seen alive on August 4th in Eugene.

Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge notes that an extensive search for Hart ended over the weekend…

“We believe that the body of Cheryl Hart was discovered here in Klamath County on Saturday.”

Detective Jed McGuire of the Eugene Police Department says searchers found the decomposed body in a heavily wooded area near Chiloquin…

“There was a very large contingent of volunteers who gave up their time to help locate Cheryl.”

An autopsy has been scheduled to confirm the identity of the body, and the exact cause of death.

Hart was last seen with her boyfriend Jeremy Milutin in Eugene on August 4th.

Eugene police say they arrested him the following day driving a stolen car, and believe he may have murdered Hart.

“At this point, he’s beyond the ‘person of interest’, and is a suspect.”  Noted Detective McGuire at a press conference Monday morning.  “And we expect him to be charged.”

While the body was found in Klamath County, police believe Hart was killed in Eugene.

“I’m working collaboratively with Patty Perlow, and did so over the weekend, who is the Lane County District Attorney.”  Adds D.A. Patridge.  “We’ve been working together to make sure that the case is properly prosecuted.”


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