▶️ ‘She is at peace’: Body at Shevlin Park identified as missing Bend woman

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Bend Police say a body found at Shevlin Park Sunday afternoon has been initially identified as Melissa Rosann Trench. The Bend woman was reported missing on Dec. 27.

Police say searchers looking in the area of Shevlin Park found what they believed to be a body at about 12:30 p.m. The discovery was made on the south end of Shevlin Park, near Tumalo Creek and Forest Service Road 4606.

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Because that is outside of Bend city limits, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was called in and made an initial confirmation that the deceased person was Melissa. The county medical examiner also was involved in the response and investigation.

The sheriff’s office is continuing its investigation, but Bend Police said there is no evidence of foul play or criminal wrongdoing. A cause of death was not immediately announced.

Bring Melissa Home” — a Facebook page created to help find her — posted Sunday night that “Her spirit is free and she is at peace.

“We would like to share our most profound gratitude to each and every person who was able to participate in the searches in some shape or form, who has sent messages of hope and inspiration and kept her and our family in their thoughts.”

They also thanked the Deschutes County Search and Rescue Team, Bend Police and the Pacific Crest Trackers Association.

Melissa’s family last saw her on the night of December 26. She was spotted on surveillance cameras at Fred Meyer just before 8:00 p.m. on Dec. 26, after she left her family’s home.

She was reported missing the next day. The Bend Bulletin — citing Melissa’s father — said Melissa called an ex-boyfriend from years ago and told him she was injured in a forest and needed help. That ex-boyfriend then called the family, launching the search.

Bend Police confirmed through cell phone records that the call to the ex-boyfriend had been made, the Bulletin reported. The ex-boyfriend was reportedly out of state at the time.

Melissa’s gray 2009 Acura MDX was found at the entrance to Shevlin Park on the night of Dec. 27.

Bend Police and Deschutes County Search and Rescue canvassed the park from the ground and the sky with drones in the subsequent days. Volunteers also came out to search.

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