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Authorities have located the pickup of a missing Brownsville woman in the Willamette River near the Hewlett Packard campus just outside Corvallis, and believe that the vehicle made have slid off an icy roadway on Monday morning. 

Suzanne Durheim, 66, was reported missing by her family at 1:54 p.m. Monday, after she didn’t show up to work at Samaritan Health Plans.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office dive team and a marine patrol from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office searched for signs of Durheim.

While public safety workers located the vehicle shortly before 4:30 p.m., it was unable to be removed from the river on Tuesday night due to complications with the towing process. Authorities hope to remove the pickup on Wednesday, and that could result in a temporary closure of Highway 20.

Benton County Undersheriff Greg Ridler said that after reporting her missing, family members followed the routes Durheim would have normally taken to work and found a piece of maroon fender along the roadway that matched her pickup.

“There’s clear indication the vehicle went into the river. … They found what looked to be evidence of a vehicle driving off the road and going into the river,” Ridler said.

The apparent crash may have occurred shortly after 6 a.m. on Monday, and Ridler said that roads were icy and slick in other areas of the county.

Authorities responded to the site and searched until about 7 p.m. on Monday night, then resumed activities on Tuesday morning.

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Kyle Odegard can be reached at, 541-812-6077 or via Twitter @KyleOdegard.


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