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Missing Gresham woman found dead, family wants answers: 'She just loved everybody'

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In less than 24 hours, a Gresham woman reported as missing was found deceased.

Jeana Beck leaves behind a daughter, Julianna, and three sons, Jacob, Jesse and Garrett.

“Just unbelievably shocked. I don't think it's hit anyone of us that it's real. It's so sudden, it's so quick,” said Jesse Smith, her second oldest son. “Right now, my role is to step up and be the man of the house.”

On his drive to Oregon from Arizona, Smith stopped to do a FaceTime interview with KATU News. He wanted to share his favorite memories with his mother.

“We did a lot of things together. We talked all the time,” he said.

He said the last time they spoke was hours before she disappeared.

From Dodgers games to graduations, Smith says family time was a priority for Jeana; she always put others before herself.

“If I had a dollar for every time somebody came up to me and said, 'I wish that was my mom,’ or ‘I wish my mom was as cool as you,’ then I wouldn't have to worry about rent, like ever,” he said.

So when she disappeared Thursday night, those close to her thought she was out with friends.

She was in Lincoln City for a work trip with her 23-year-old son, Jacob, who has autism.

Police say she went outside to smoke, but never came back.

“My sister told me that the purse was still there, the car keys were still there, her car was still there and that's when I got a little concerned,” said Smith.

The next night, police found her deceased in a canal behind the Rodeway Inn where they were staying. They don't believe there was any foul play, but the family isn't ruling anything out.

“My mom would not leave Jacob in Lincoln City while at work to take her life. She would not do that to Jacob,” said Smith.

The family wants answers: how a woman who had no enemies, wound up dead in a river.

“She just loved everybody,” said Smith. "I don't want anyone going to bed tonight worrying about their relationship with my mom, just cherish the good times.”

On Wednesday, Nov. 22, investigators with the Lincoln City Police Department said Jeana Beck did not die under suspicious circumstances. They also said there have been no signs of foul play in her death.

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