Mother of missing woman found dead in Yamhill Co. applies to change her name
PORTLAND, Ore. – The woman who was sentenced to jail time and probation for driving drunk when her daughter either fell or jumped to her death from a moving vehicle in Yamhill County has applied to change her name, court records show.
On February 11, Jennifer Weathers filed paperwork in Washington County to change her name to Jennifer Jaeger.
Weathers reported her daughter, Meighan Cordie, missing a day after they attended a wedding outside Salem on August 18, 2018.
Joggers found Cordie’s body nearly a week later alongside a rural Yamhill County road.
Investigators say she either fell or jumped from an SUV while Weathers was intoxicated and behind the wheel.
Weathers wasn't charged in her daughter’s death, but was later arrested for drunk driving. Officials say Weathers is a first-time offender on the DUII charge.
Weathers told deputies that Cordie got out of the car not far from the wedding venue after she slowed the vehicle down below 5 mph.
Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry said Cordie either jumped out or fell out of the back seat. He said investigators can't say for sure how she left the vehicle, but that she died instantly from impact with a guard rail or support beams.
Weathers was sentenced to five days in jail and three years of probation for the single count of driving under the influence of intoxicants.