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Missing body recovered in the Williamette River - 01/15/19

Today, at 2:17 pm, Deputies with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of Suzanne T Durheim, a 66 year old female from Brownsville, Oregon in the Willamette River.

Suzanne Durheim was reported missing to the Linn County Sheriff's Office on January 7, 2019. She was supposed to arrive at work in Corvallis, Oregon on the morning of January 7 but never arrived at work.

On January 7, Suzanne's family traveled the routes Suzanne normally traveled to work and located a possible location where a vehicle appeared to have left Highway 20 and milepost 1, just north of Corvallis, Oregon. The crash site indicated a truck similar in color to Suzanne's had driven off Highway 20 into the Willamette River.

Deputies with Benton and Linn County searched the Willamette River last week. On Wednesday January 9th, deputies found and recovered the 2003 Ford Pickup that Suzanne was driving. Suzanne was not in the truck. The search continued until Friday January 11, 2019 where the search was temporarily suspended.

Benton County resumed the search on Monday and located the body of Suzanne Durheim today approximately one mile downriver from the original crash site on the east side of the river, in heavy brush. There was no indication of a suspicious cause of death.

Mrs. Durheim's family has been notified and is handling arrangements for Suzanne Durheim's service.



Female Inmate Dies in Custody - 12/23/18


Today at 12:05 pm, Benton County Deputies discovered a female inmate, in her cell at the Benton County Jail, unresponsive after lunch was served

Medical Personnel responded and determined the female was deceased.  No immediate manner of death was observed, and the investigation is on-going.  Sheriff  Scott Jackson, in coordination with the Benton County District Attorney, requested Linn County Sheriff's Office to lead the investigation.  

The deceased has been identified as Alyssa M. Sund DOB 2/15/1977.  She had been booked in the Benton County Jail on 12/19/18 on Theft, Burglary and Criminal Mischief Charges by Albany Police Department.

The Sheriff's Office is focused on a thorough investigation and is referring all further media request to the Benton County District Attorney's Office.