Mother of woman found dead in Yamhill Co. appears on DUII, reckless endangerment charges
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. – A mother made her first court appearance Wednesday since her daughter's tragic death in Yamhill County in August.
Meighan Cordie was found dead after investigators say she either fell or jumped from an SUV while her mother, Jennifer Weathers, was behind the wheel.
Weathers hasn't been charged in her daughter’s death, but does face charges of drunk driving and reckless endangerment charges for the incident.
Meighan Cordie was reported missing after she attended a wedding outside Salem on August 18. Investigators said they got into a heated argument because Weathers was upset that they had to leave early.
Weathers didn't call deputies to report her daughter missing until the next day, telling them Cordie got out of the car not far from the wedding venue after she slowed the vehicle down below 5 mph. | Audio: Cordie's mother calls police to report her daughter missing
Joggers found her body along a Yamhill County road five days later.
District Attorney Brad Berry announced there wasn't evidence of a crime in Cordie's death, and that it was an accident.
Weathers has instead been charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants and endangering a 3-year-old girl who was also in the car that night.
Some people say they are outraged that it appears Weathers won't face charges in Meighan's death.
Vanessa Hawkins helped organize the search for Meighan, was in court, and believes Weathers lied to her.
“The next night, after her daughter had died, she lied to me three times when we were trying to help her find her. Yeah, and so I knew, I knew right then I told everybody - I even told one of the sheriffs - I said 'something's not right,’” remembers Hawkins.
Weathers' attorney Walter Todd contends she didn't intentionally mislead anyone, and would take a second polygraph test to prove it.
“She's devastated by the death of her daughter, of course. But these charges are unrelated to that investigation,” Todd tells KATU News.
Weathers was booked into jail and released after Wednesday afternoon's court appearance. She's set to be back in court October 30.