Husband arrested after woman's remains found

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Heather Mallory. File image.

PORTLAND, Ore. - The husband of a woman who disappeared in 2008 has been arrested on murder charges following the discovery of remains near Estacada.

Portland police said Friday that 37-year-old Brian Cole was arrested in Sagle, Idaho, and is awaiting extradition to Oregon.

Heather Dawn Mallory, 32, was last seen the morning of March 8, 2008, when she got into an argument with Cole after a night out with friends and left her home.

She was not heard from again, which investigators believed at the time was highly unusual for the mother of one child.

Portland police detectives working on the case cited assistance from law enforcement agencies in Idaho in making the arrest.

Mallory’s remains were located Wednesday on BLM forest lands near Estacada. No other details have been released and police declined to say how they connected her husband to the murder.

During a phone interview Friday, Mallory’s parents, Steve and Jeni Mallory, said they were relieved that their daughter’s remains were discovered.

“I’ve been sad for almost 2 ½ years,” said Jeni. “Today, I feel a sense of happiness.”

In 2008 Cole told KATU News he took a lie detector test but failed.

“I was offered a voluntary lie-detector and said, ‘OK, I’ll come in and take it to clear my name’ and it completely backfired on me,” he said.

In another interview he was visibly emotional and crying.

“I hope she’s OK. I mean that’s the main thing you, I hope she’s OK,” he said.

But Mallory’s parents said they had their doubts about Cole.

“A part of us did not believe those tears, because he had done something to Heather once before and that’s how he reacted and that’s what brought him back into the house, was those tears,” said Jeni.

Mallory’s parents said the couple had a son together. They said he’s already lost his mother and now he’s losing his father, who is his best friend.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.