Date/Time of Release: 08/30/2012 - 09:10
Contact Person: Dwes Hutson
Contact Number: 541-440-4464
Subject: Tentative Identification on Human Remains Found
Date/Time of Incident: 06/30/2012 - 00:00
Incident Location: 8000 block Coos Bay Wagon Road, Roseburg, Oregon
Case Number: 11-286, 12-2775
Missing/Deceased: Schneider, Deborah Natalie / 55 yoa / 5' 05, 130 lbs, red hair, brown eyes / Myrtle Creek, OR
On Monday, July 02, 2012, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Detective’s Division was notified of possible human skeletal remains that were discovered by a citizen on Saturday, June 30, 2012, on private property West of Roseburg. Detectives contacted the citizen who took law enforcement to the area where the remains were discovered. Detectives confirmed the remains were human.
The remains were located in the 8000 block of Coos Bay Wagon Road on private property owned by Seneca Jones Timber Company.
Extensive searches of the area were conducted with the assistance of the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office and the Douglas County Search and Rescue Team. During these searches additional items of evidence were collected including items of clothing.
Detectives have tentatively identified the remains as those belonging to Deborah Schneider; a woman reported missing to the Sheriff’s Office on January 24, 2011. Schneider had reportedly stated she was checking herself into an alcohol treatment center around the time of her disappearance; an undetermined date in the spring of 2010. A copy of the Sheriff’s Office press release regarding Schneider’s disappearance, along with her photograph, can be found here: http://www.dcso.com/view_media_N.asp?Media_ID=554
The remains have been examined by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office with the assistance of the State Forensic Anthropologist. At this time, positive identification of the remains is pending DNA processing by the University of North Texas – Center for Human Identification, which could take up to several months.
This case is being investigated as homicide and is still under investigation.
If anyone has information they believe is related to this incident, they are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 541-440-4471, or the Detective's Tip Line at 541-957-2099.