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Teenager found slain near Tillamook named; man suspected of her murder shoots himself

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This image provided by the family of Kayla Ann Hendrickson, 16, was found deceased late Friday night along Oregon Highway 6 about 18 miles east of Tillamook. Oregon State Police say she was shot to death. Police say a person of interest in the case fatally shot himself in Northern California Saturday. 

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013 12:19 pm | Updated: 6:49 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

TILLAMOOK — An investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies, medical examiners, and Tillamook County District Attorney's Office into the death of a female found late Friday along Oregon Highway 6 about 18 miles east of Tillamook confirmed the woman's death was from homicidal violence.

Investigators positively identified the victim as a 16-year old Beaverton-area woman and confirmed a person of interest related to this investigation died Saturday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound along the northern California coast. 

Criminal investigators from the Tillamook County Major Crime Team, with the assistance of State and Tillamook County medical examiner offices, identified the victim as Kayla Ann Hendrickson, 16.

An autopsy done Sunday morning, at the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the cause of death was from gunshot wounds. 

Investigators were also contacted Saturday by Humboldt County, California Sheriff's Office regarding a death investigation they were conducting involving a male subject in a vehicle matching the description of one which was of interest in connection with the Highway 6 death investigation.

The male reportedly shot himself and died later at an area hospital. The joint investigation between Humboldt County Sheriff's Office and Tillamook County Major Crime Team confirmed the deceased male is known to Hendrickson and is tentatively believed to be involved with her death.

The male's name is withheld pending confirmation that next of kin have been adequately notified. 

Here is what OSP said happened:

On Jan. 18, at approximately 10:14 p.m., a vehicle described as an unknown make or model late 1980s to early 1990s full-size pickup was observed by a witness stopped on the north side shoulder of the westbound lane on Highway 6 between milepost 18 and 19.

Two people, a man and woman, were seen along the highway near the stopped pickup that was also described as having a chrome colored "headache" rack behind the rear window. The witness also an eastbound commercial truck passed through the area about this same time.

About 25 minutes later, the witness contacted a Tillamook police officer advising of the suspicious circumstances along Highway 6 near milepost 18 about two miles east of Jordan Creek Road. An OSP trooper responded and found the dead woman along the highway.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation, including anyone who was traveling in the vicinity around the times mentioned, is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.

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