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Mother charged with murder of 9-year-old girl stuffed into gym bag and dumped in Oregon forest

A mother has been charged with murder after her nine-year-old daughter was identified as the girl found dead in a gym bag in an Oregon forest in December 2020.

The girl has been identified as Haley Mae Coblentz. Born in Colorado, she lived with her mother, Shawna Browning, 29, and her mother’s partner, Lauren Harrison, 34, in various locations in the Pacific Northwest, as of 2015.

His remains were found in a muddy riverbank near a rest area in Lincoln County, a heavily forested area of ​​the state bordering the coast, on December 10 last year. She had been put in a sports bag and abandoned in the forest.

She had not been reported missing and her death would have occurred between 30 and 60 days before the discovery of her body.

While it is still unclear how she died, Oregon State Police have now said Ms Browning and Ms Harrison have been charged with aggravated murder. They are being held without bail in Wayne County after being arrested from a hotel in Detriot, Mich. On November 30.

Police said in a press release that the child’s remains were identified using DNA samples on October 4 this year.

Law enforcement said Haley’s body was “inside a gym bag that had been hidden in the forest near the rest area.” Based on the condition of the remains, little was known about the race, appearance or other identifying characteristics of the deceased ”. They added that she was “wearing a diaper”.

In a previous police update on the case, law enforcement said investigators ruled out more than 60 potential missing children over a six-month period. They added that they had received and investigated more than 180 tips from the public.

“Using available dental records, field contacts and other investigative techniques, investigators were able to exclude 61 people from being the child whose remains were recovered,” state police said. from Oregon.

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