The body of former Gig Harbor-area resident who went missing more than two years ago has been found in a forest, and her husband was arrested in Idaho a day later on suspicion of her killing.
Heather Mallory was 32, training to be a chef and living with her husband, Brian Charles Cole, in Portland on March 8, 2008, when he reported her missing.
Portland police said she’d attended school the day before at the Portland Culinary Institute, worked a shift as a server and spent the night with friends.
When she returned home the next morning, police were told she and Cole argued and she drove away in her Ford Focus, leaving her belongings and son, River, then 3, behind.
Portland police detectives found the Ford three weeks later.
Nearly three months after her disappearance, police executed a search warrant at the couple’s apartment in Southeast Portland and seized a computer, paperwork and Cole’s pickup as evidence.
Police didn’t arrest Cole, lacking enough evidence, including the body, and he moved to the Sandpoint, Idaho, area with the boy.
Portland police said they were notified last week that human remains had been found in a U.S. Bureau of Land Management forest east of Estacada, Ore.
There, deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office assisted Portland detectives in recovering evidence at the crime scene, police said.
Cole, 37, was arrested Thursday night in Sagle, Idaho. He’ll be extradited to Portland to face a murder charge, police said.