Body positively ID’d as Allyson Watterson

Washington County

An undated family picture of Allyson Watterson. (Courtesy: Watterson family)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The body discovered last Saturday in North Plains has been confirmed to be that of missing woman Allyson Watterson.

Then-20-year-old Allyson was last seen in the woods near North Plains on Dec. 22, 2019, with her boyfriend, Benjamin Garland.

After she was first reported missing, the sheriff’s office led a 5-day search with the help of trained search and rescue personnel and numerous community volunteers before they were forced to suspend their efforts due to a lack of new evidence.

A property owner on Corey Road was clearing brush Saturday afternoon when they discovered a body. Clothing and evidence nearby lead officials to believe the body was Watterson’s.

While authorities confirmed the identification on Friday, a cause of death has yet to be released.

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