Crime

Police Investigating Oregon Slaying As Murder-Suicide

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

A trail of blood in the snow led detectives to the body of 48-year-old Wendy Hildreth, who was found at a recreation area in Hood River, Oregon, early on Dec. 28.

Later that day, police found her husband, 58-year-old Michael Hildreth, dead in a detached building on the couple's property. The couple was in the process of divorcing and KOIN reported that Wendy had sought a restraining order against Michael.

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Police are now investigating the case as a murder-suicide.

An autopsy revealed that Wendy died from blunt force trauma, Oregon Live reported. Police have not disclosed details of Michael’s death, which may have been suicide. 

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The couple had two children -- their adult daughter lives independently, but Michael sought full custody of their 12-year-old son when he filed for divorce earlier in December. According to a release from the Hood River Sheriff’s department, both children are safe and accounted for. 

"This is an absolute tragedy for our community," said Sheriff Matt English in the release. "Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the Hildreths' children and family.”

Sources: KOIN, Oregon Live, Hood River Sheriff’s Office / Photo credit via KPTV