By NR Staff • 

Willamina woman dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound

WILLAMINA — The woman found dead about noon Thursday southwest of Willamina at the Highway 18/22 park-and-ride lot has been identified as Karen Lynn Dutra, 39, of Willamina, according to the Oregon State Police. It said she died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

She has also been known as Karen Lynn Lewis and Karen Lynn Harp.

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene after receiving a report of a woman in a vehicle. A deputy confirmed there was a deceased individual inside a 2011 Toyota RAV. The Oregon State Police and Polk County Sheriff's Office also responded.

Identification was made possible with the help of the district attorney's office and the medical examiner from Polk County.



Dances with Redwoods

Was the vehicle dark shade of green and did the woman have blond hair?

Paul Daquilante

I don't know with regard to both questions.

The color of the vehicle and a physical description of the woman were not released as part of the Oregon State Police press release.

Paul Daquilante / reporter

Dances with Redwoods

Thank you, Paul. I only ask because my wife and I had noticed a person spending several hours a day (intermittently over the course of a month) parked at the 'kissing rock' turn-out near Valley Junction Hwy/22.

I haven't seen her parked there since Monday or Tuesday of last week.


I always thought that was the "peeing rock"...

Dances with Redwoods

Thank you for bringing me up to speed, silencedogood. And to think that all this time I'd thought my 'Two Drunk Logger Buddies' had something else go'n on back there behind it....LOL....

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