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Missing Oregon mother Karissa Fretwell is found dead


Karissa and Billy Fretwell. 

YAMHILL COUNTY, OR (KPTV) — More than a month after they went missing, the bodies of an Oregon mother and her son were found in a remote forest, said the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office.

Karissa Fretwell, 25, and her 3-year-old son, William “Billy” Fretwell, had not seen or heard from since May 13.

Despite the lack of bodies, Michael John Wolfe, 52, was charged last month with two counts of aggravated murder and two counts of kidnapping. Court documents identify him as Billy’s biological father.

The sheriff’s office said ongoing efforts by detectives led searchers on Saturday to a remote wooded area about 10 miles west of Yamhill. They searched for about two hours before finding two bodies.

On Sunday, the bodies were positively identified as those of Karissa and Billy Fretwell.

Karissa’s cause of death was determined to be from a single gunshot to the head, and the manner of death was determined to be homicide.

The cause and manner of death of Billy is yet to be determined.

Wolfe is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

Meanwhile in Salem, there is a memorial with a stuffed animal and fresh flowers on the hood of Karissa’s car just outside of her apartment.

Neighbors say it’s been a difficult month since the two disappeared and that they’ve been praying for their safe return home.

For Karissa’s best friend, Bethany Brown, the news is devastating but also expected. “I kind of knew,” Brown said. “People just don’t stay away from their phones for a month.”

Brown now wants to remember her dear friend as she saw Karissa last: laughing and having a good time at a concert they attended together just ten days before she went missing.

“I’m at peace knowing (Karissa and Billy) are together,” Brown added.

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