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Sheriff: Springfield woman found dead after leaving wreckage of car to go for help

Morrow County search and rescue teams located the body of Becky Sue McDuffee, 57, of Springfield around mid-day Tuesday. (SBG)

HEPPNER, Ore. - Searchers located the body of a Springfield woman who had left the wreckage of a car on foot to seek help after she and her mother-in-law crashed off the side of a road in rural north central Oregon.

Morrow County search and rescue teams located the body of Becky Sue McDuffee, 57, of Springfield around mid-day Tuesday.

The search began after a caller reported finding a car off the side of a farm road near milepost 59 on Highway 206 just before 8:30 a.m.

The caller said a 78-year-old woman was still inside.

Heppner Ambulance took the woman from the wreckage to Pioneer Memorial Hospital for treatment.

She told her rescuers that she and McDuffee, her daughter-in-law, had gone off the road Monday. McDuffee had set off on foot near midnight to get help.

"The weather was in the low 30s with heavy rain and fog, and she was not dressed for the weather conditions," the Morrow County Sheriff's Office said.

Search crews located McDuffee's body at 12:38 p.m. Tuesday.

The sheriff's office urged travelers "to carry appropriate and extra clothing during car travels and stick to main roads in unfamiliar areas. If you do become lost or disabled, it is recommended to stay with your vehicle."

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