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Stephanie Condon Investigation Update
03/25/2009
Deputy Dwes Hutson
Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Office: (541) 440-4464

NOTE: The following is a news release from Douglas County Sheriff's Office
 
Link to related Oregon State Police Missing Children Clearinghouse Missing Child Index Page:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/MCC/child_index.shtml
 
Date / Time of Incident: 03/25/2009 - 09:00 hours
Incident Location: Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Roseburg, OR
Case Number: 98-6083
Missing/Deceased: Condon, Stephanie Elizabeth / dob 10-08-84 / Riddle, Oregon
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On Wednesday, March 25, 2009, a press conference was held at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office to announce recent developments regarding the October 30th, 1998 case involving the abduction of 14-year-old Stephanie Elizabeth Condon.
 
Agency leaders from the Sheriff's Office, District Attorney's Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Oregon State Police and Roseburg Police Department were present at the press conference today. This represents the collaborative effort and support this investigation deserves, but it also demonstrates our profound commitment to successfully solve this tragic crime.
 
On Friday, March 13th, 2009, a Glide area resident, Joseph Mellin, was exercising his dogs on a remote forest road off Little River Road in the Glide area. He stopped to let the dogs rest near a clear-cut and found what he believed was human skeletal remains. The Sheriff's Office responded to the area and determined the remains were human.
 
Members of the Stephanie Condon Task Force, which includes investigators from the Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police Department, Oregon State Police, FBI, and the District Attorney's Office worked for over a week recovering the remains. The remains were located on private timber land off of a forest road, approximately 2.2 miles from the 9000 block of Little River Road.
 
On Thursday, March 19th, the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office used dental records to positively identify the remains as Stephanie Elizabeth Condon.
 
The recovery effort is now complete. On Sunday, March 22nd, task force members completed the recovery of Stephanie's remains and the seizure of evidence from the recovery site. Investigators believe that the recovery of Stephanie's remains and the seizure of evidence will be instrumental in bringing this case to a successful resolution, including the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for Stephanie's death.
 
The cause and manner of death has not yet been established. Stephanie's remains continue to be examined in an attempt to make that determination.
 
This has been a priority investigation from the beginning. The abduction and murder of a child in this community is shocking for us all. There has never been a more important investigation in many of our careers, and never has there been a more important break in an investigation such as the discovery of Stephanie's remains and related evidence. Over the past 10 years we have desperately wanted to find Stephanie to offer her family some closure, and we knew we had to find her remains to bring this case to a successful resolution. This is the break in the case we have been looking for since her disappearance.
 
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