Doctor found in Jacksonville under investigation

Medford, Ore.- Ashley Laird, the doctor who was missing in the Jacksonville woods for two days, has agreed to stop practicing medicine while she undergoes an investigation by the Oregon Medical Board.

According to the Oregon Medical Board, Laird’s license was declared inactive Monday, Aug. 29. In an interim stipulated order, the board wrote: “The board received credible information regarding the licensee (Laird) that resulted in the board initiating an investigation. The results of the investigation to date have raised concerns to the extent that the board believes it necessary that the licensee agree to cease the practice of medicine until the investigation is completed.”

Details of any complaints against Laird, or the circumstances surrounding the investigation, are not public information.

A representative for Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center could not comment on Laird or the Oregon Medical Board case against her, as it is a personnel issue.

KOBI-TV NBC5 News spoke with Laird’s family Friday night. They said Laird is thankful for the community’s help, and feeling a little bit better each day, but would not speak regarding the investigation.

“There’s a lot of physical healing and emotional healing,” said Laird’s mother at their Jacksonville home. “There’s been some rumors out there and we would rather not speak to rumors.”

Nearly 200 people helped search for Laird, after she disappeared on a morning run on Friday, Aug. 26. She was found dehydrated and disoriented in Jacksonville’s Forest Park on Sunday, Aug. 28.

The order by the Oregon Medical Board clearly states it is not an admission of any wrongdoing on Laird’s part, rather that it is investigating for the purpose of protecting the public.

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