TILLAMOOK, Ore. – A girl found dead along Highway 6 east of Tillamook late Friday night was shot to death, state police said.
Investigators said 16-year-old Kayla Ann Hendrickson was from the Beaverton, Ore. area. An autopsy done Sunday morning confirmed Hendrickson died of gunshot wounds.
Beaverton School District officials confirmed she attended Sunset High School for a short time during the last school year.
Police also identified a person of interest in the case as Jacob Allen Green, 24, of Newport, Ore. They said Green shot himself on Saturday, Jan. 19 along the Northern California Coast.
He was taken to a hospital but later died.
"Green was operating a vehicle matching the description of one which was sought as a vehicle of interest in connection with the Highway 6 death investigation," police said in a press release. They said Green knew Hendrickson.
Lt. Gregg Hastings said an Oregon State Police trooper found Hendrickson’s body late Friday after a witness reported suspicious circumstances on the highway two miles east of Jordan Creek Road.
About 25 minutes before the discovery, the witness saw a full-size pickup stopped on the shoulder of the westbound lane, and a man and a woman were seen outside the vehicle.
Police said Green was seen in Humboldt County, Calif. in a vehicle matching the suspicious vehicle’s description.
So far, investigators have not said why Hendrickson was shot or what may have caused Green to take his own life.
A half-dozen law enforcement agencies in Oregon and California are investigating the deaths.
Green's family released a statement on Monday:
"The family of Jacob Green acknowledges that this is a terrible tragedy for everyone involved. It asks the public to respect its privacy and extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Kayla Ann Hendrickson."
Hendrickson's family did not wish to make a statement.