- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Authorities have identified a body found inside the trunk of a vehicle last week and say the woman was slain.

KOIN ( https://bit.ly/2iWqp0F ) reports the Clackamas County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the remains to be that of missing Clackamas woman Merrilee B. Cooley, 68. Her cause of death was determined to be homicide. No other details were immediately released.

Cooley was reported missing on Dec. 28, 2016, and her Kia Optima was found on January 5 at an apartment complex in Milwaukie.

The woman’s family said she disappeared under unusual circumstances. Her house was left a mess.

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