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The Benton County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman found dead of a gunshot wound near Alsea last week as a 27-year-old Russian woman, Anna Alekseyevna Repkina.

Repkina reportedly had no relatives living in the United States. She came to the United States on March 1 and lived most recently in Corvallis. She was born in Russia on Sept. 24, 1989.

The Sheriff's Office said her family has been notified, with assistance of the Russian government.

William Chase Hargrove, a 27-year-old Corvallis man, pleaded not guilty last week to a charge of murder in Repkina's death.

Undersheriff Greg Ridler said investigators have heard rumors that Repkina was a mail-order bride but said the office has been unable to confirm if that's why she came to the United States.

Repkina's body was found on a remote logging road outside Alsea on the evening of April 17.

Investigators did not find any identifying information on her person and there were no missing persons reports that matched her description, Ridler said. To determine who she was, officials had to do a much broader-than-normal search through fingerprint databases, eventually identifying her through Customs records.

Ridler said releasing the victim's name also took longer than normal because of the difficulties of providing notice to her family in Russia.

"We had several extra steps we took in this investigation that we don't normally take," he said.

Anyone with information about Repkina's death or how she came to be in the area is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 541-766-6858.

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Anthony Rimel covers education and can be reached at anthony.rimel@lee.net, 541-758-9526, or via Twitter @anthonyrimel.

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