Missing Molalla woman found deceased in Scott Mills area

At approximately 3:00 pm on Thursday March 27th, searchers found Janice Lynn Ernest deceased near Butte Creek Rd outside Scotts Mills.

Ms. Ernest has been the subject of an exhaustive search of the area after her car was found abandoned on March 24th. Ms. Ernest had been reported missing from her Molalla home on Sunday, March 16th at 8:30 am.

Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinators from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office have been in the area searching since her car was found. SAR Coordinators were assisted by the Oregon Army National Guard, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Portland Mountain Rescue, Mountain Wave Communications, Washington and Marion County Search and Rescue resources, Oregon State Police and the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to authorities citizen tips and media coverage were instrumental in helping them to focus their search in what is a very dense wilderness area. Without citizen tips, searchers would not have had a place to start.

No signs of foul play were discovered in this case.