An Oregon sheriff’s office says they found the body of a missing Star woman during an extensive, multi-agency search over the weekend.
The body of Deborah Hendrichs, 56, was found around 1 p.m. Saturday on the east side of Interstate 84 near milepost 238 just south of Meacham, Oregon, according to a press release from the Umatilla County, Oregon, Sheriff’s Office.
Hendrichs was reported missing in Ada County on Jan. 11. She had left her home without her purse, warm clothes or essential medications. Her car was later found abandoned on Jan. 14 along the interstate near Meacham, a hamlet in Oregon’s Blue Mountains.
The search, which began at 8 a.m. Saturday, consisted of several Oregon police agencies and search and rescue departments, as well as Idaho groups such as Valley County Search and Rescue and Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue.
Early on, a K-9 team found a wallet containing Hendrichs’ identification. Other K-9 teams and a drone then went to the area, and police say a body, believed to be Hendrichs, was found shortly after. Family members were notified that day.
“This operation involved detailed planning and execution, which resulted in a successful end to help bring closure for the family and loved ones,” the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office said in the release. “We would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of Deb Hendrichs.”