Woman still missing after truck pulled from Willamette River, officials say

Benton County undersheriff Greg Ridler said Suzanne Durheim, 65, didn’t show up for work Monday at Samaritan Health Plans in Corvallis.

Posted: Jan 9, 2019 12:41 PM
Updated: Jan 9, 2019 7:12 PM

UPDATE: No body was found in the truck pulled from the Willamette River Wednesday, the Benton County Sheriff's Office said.

The vehicle belongs to Suzanne Durheim, 65, who went missing earlier this week. Officials said she did not show up for work Monday at Samaritan Health Plans in Corvallis.


CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A truck belonging to a missing Brownsville woman was found in the Willamette River Tuesday, and the Benton and Linn county sheriff's offices worked to pull it out of the water Wednesday.

It is not known at this time if 65-year-old Suzanne Durheim's body is inside the vehicle.

Benton County undersheriff Greg Ridler said Durheim didn’t show up for work Monday at Samaritan Health Plans in Corvallis.

She was driving a red 2003 F-150 Ford pickup with a camper shell.

Officials said divers had difficulty hooking up the truck to tow it out because it's fully underwater.

Durheim's family and the county began the search for her Jan. 7. They found tracks that went off the road near milepost 1 of Highway 20 near Hewlett-Packard.

They reached out to the Benton County Sheriff's Office. Deputies found evidence that suggested a vehicle went off the road into the river in that area, and searchers found a fender flare at the location matching the color of Durheim’s vehicle. Deputies then continued their search for the vehicle.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office has been working with the Linn County Sheriff's Office during the investigation.

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