Woman with ties to Medford found dead in Columbia County; ruled homicide

0922-apache-rose-hightowerColumbia County, Ore. – A Portland woman with ties to Medford was found dead in rural Columbia County.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s office said the body of 24-year-old Apache Rose Hightower was found Tuesday afternoon by a passerby in the 30000 block of Pittsburgh Road, west of St. Helens.

Deputies said following an investigation, they have classified Hightower as the victim of homicidal violence.

Investigators are encouraging anyone with information regarding the case to call 503-366-4698.

A GoFundMe has been set up to benefit Hightower’s daughter and help with funeral expenses: http://bit.ly/2cprb1p

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