Sheriff arrests man on murder charge in connection with woman found dead outside Alsea

Booking photos for William Chase Hargrove courtesy Benton County Jail

ALSEA, Ore. – Detectives arrested a 27-year-old accused of murdering the woman who was found dead in a forest outside Alsea on Monday.

Investigators are still working to get a positive identification of the victim, a woman in her 20s. Security personnel found her body Monday several miles up a logging road on property owned by Weyerhaeuser.

Initial reports say it appears she died of a gunshot wound.

"The circumstances surrounding the positioning of the body indicated a violent or unexpected death," Undersheriff Greg Ridler said.

Benton County Sheriff’s deputies arrested William Hargrove, 27, overnight Wednesday on a murder charge.

Officials haven’t released details on how Hargrove was linked to the woman’s death. He's being held without bail.

"They knew each other, they were acquaintances," Benton County Sheriff Scott Jackson said Thursday. "That's about all I want to say until we make sure the family is notified."

Detectives have tentatively identified the victim. However they say it could take several days before they make a positive identification and notify her family members.

Alsea is a small town in the foothills of the Coast Range.

"We all take pride in the fact that we're really close knit and our kids are really safe here," resident Bethany Zavaleta said Tuesday. "And everyone here kind of knows each other, so stuff like this is a very surprising."

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