January 20, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Photograph link valid 30 days - Source: Family of Kayla Hendrickson
Note: This information is based upon several news releases sent January 19 & 20
An investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies, medical examiners, and Tillamook County District Attorney's Office into the death of a female found late Friday night, January 18, along Highway 6 about eighteen miles east of Tillamook confirmed the woman's death was from homicidal violence. Investigators positively identified the female as KAYLA ANN HENDRICKSON, age 16, from Beaverton, and confirmed a person of interest related to this investigation died Saturday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Humboldt County along the northern California coast.
Criminal investigators from the Tillamook County Major Crime Team, with assistance from State and Tillamook County medical examiner offices, identified HENDRICKSON after she initially was unidentified at the scene. An autopsy done Sunday morning, January 20, at the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the cause of death was from gunshot wounds.
Investigators were contacted Saturday, January 19, by Humboldt County, Californis Sheriff's Office regarding a death investigation they were conducting involving a male subject in a vehicle matching the description of one which was of interest in connection with the Highway 6 death investigation. A news release had been previously sent to media with a vehicle description. The male reportedly shot himself and died later at an area hospital. The Tillamook Major Crime Team and Humboldt County, California Sheriff's Office confirmed the person who reportedly shot himself and died Saturday is identified as JACOB ALLEN GREEN, age 24, from Newport. GREEN knew HENDRICKSON and is allegedly believed to be the only suspect involved in her death.
Previously released information indicated on January 18, 2013 at approximately 10:14 p.m., a vehicle described as an unknown make or model late 1980's to early 1990's full-size pickup was observed by a witness stopped on the north side shoulder of the westbound lane on Highway 6 between milepost 18 and 19. Two people, a man and woman, were seen along the highway near the stopped pickup.
About 25 minutes later, the witness contacted a Tillamook police officer advising of suspicious circumstances along Highway 6 near milepost 18 about two miles east of Jordan Creek Road. An OSP trooper responded and found a deceased female, later positively identified as HENDRICKSON, along the highway.
The Tillamook County Major Crime Team is comprised of members from Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Police Department, Manzanita Police Department, Oregon State Police, and Tillamook County District Attorney's Office. The investigation is continuing. Critical assistance during the first two days of the investigation has been provided by:
* Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division
* Humboldt County, California Sheriff's Office
* Lincoln County, Oregon Sheriff's Office
* Tillamook County Search & Rescue
* Oregon State and Tillamook County Medical Examiner Offices
* Oregon State Police Forensic Services Division