Who was Tara Gordon?
PORTLAND, Ore. - New details are emerging about a California woman who was found dead along Interstate 5 late last week.
The body of 25-year-old Tara Elizabeth Gordon of Redding, California, was discovered Friday morning.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that she died from head trauma and investigators are looking into whether a crime was involved.
Meanwhile, her family in California is shedding light on who Gordon was. They told us the Tara Gordon they used to know was a carefree spirit who at one point had volunteered with the California Conservation Corps to restore trails and nature areas.
But they said in recent months she had gotten involved in drugs and was even arrested on a vandalism charge.
"She had some neck problems and she was on painkillers," said Betty Sutter, the woman's aunt. "And maybe that's what got her started on the drugs."
Sutter said Gordon was in the Eureka, California area last week.
"She had been over there visiting her sister but there had been some disagreement and her sister asked her to leave," Sutter said.
By Friday morning, Gordon's body was discovered 380 miles away, along the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near the Woodburn outlet stores. She had no identification on her but investigators were able to determine who she was.
Gordon's uncle, John Sutter, said her family had done everything they could to help her.
"One bad choice led to another," he said.
Anyone with further information that can help investigators is asked to call the Oregon State Police.