Arrest made nearly a year after remains found near Van Duzer corridor rest area




  • In US
  • 2021-12-01 20:27:24Z
  • By Statesman Journal

Two individuals have been arrested nearly a year after remains were found near a Lincoln County rest area.

Shawna Browning and Lauren Harrison were arrested in Detroit, Michigan, and charged with aggravated murder in connection to the remains of a young girl found in Oregon, according to the Oregon State Police.

The remains of the girl were discovered in a duffle bag in the forest in the H.B. Van Duzer Scenic Corridor near a rest area on Highway 18 on Dec. 10, 2020.

Haley Mae Coblentz
Haley Mae Coblentz  

After investigators with the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office collected DNA samples from the child's remains, the samples were sent to a laboratory that specializes in DNA testingand the deceased was identified as Haley Mae Coblentz.

Previous coverage: Officials seek help identifying remains of girl found in Van Duzer corridor

Officials say Coblentz, 9 years old at her time of death, was born in Colorado but had been living with her biological mother, Shawna Browning, and her mother's partner, Lauren Harrison, in various places in Oregon and the greater Northwest since 2015. The child was not reported missing at the time of her death.

Investigators with Oregon State Police worked with the FBI in Detroit to locate Browning and Harrison.

The two were being held in a detention facility in Wayne County, Michigan without bail.

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This article originally appeared on Salem Statesman Journal: Arrest made nearly a year after remains found in Van Duzer corridor

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