Missing Powellhurst-Gilbert mom murdered, police say

NEW DEVELOPMENT: Since we reported this story in 2008, see the shocking developments that lead authorities to say about the suspicious disappearance Heather Dawn Mallory, the mother of a then three-year-old …

This is a photo of Heather Dawn Mallory as she looked a few weeks before she disappeared about two years ago.

Story by David F. Ashton
As we said back in 2008, the story seemed more like a “who-done-it” mystery than a Crime Stoppers case when Heather Dawn Mallory’s husband said she never returned home after stopping off for drinks with fellow students after attending culinary school classes.

> To read our archived story about this case, CLICK HERE.

Officials say that Mallory was actually last seen on March 8, 2008 at her home, after having an argument with her husband, Brian Cole. Portland Police Homicide Detectives along with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office have continued to work on this case since Mallory went missing

“On Wednesday, June 30, Portland Police Homicide Detectives were notified by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office that human remains had been found on Bureau of Land Management forest land off Hwy 224, east of Estacada,” reported Portland Police Bureau spokesperson, Detective Mary Wheat. “The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Portland Police in processing the crime scene.”

Officials are remaining tight lipped about how Mallory’s remains were located, and other details of the case, that led up to an arrest in Idaho.

Police now say that Heather Dawn Mallory didn’t “disappear” – and charge this man, 37-year-old Brian Charles Cole with Murder.

“On July 1, Portland Police Homicide Detectives arrested 37-year-old Brian Charles Cole and charged him with one count of Murder in connection homicide of his wife, Heather Dawn Mallory,” stated Wheat.

Cole was arrested in Sagle, Idaho, Wheat went on, and Portland Police Detectives were assisted in the investigation and arrest by the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office, the Bonner County Prosecutor’s Office, and local law enforcement agencies in Bonner County, Idaho.

Cole is being held in the Bonner County Jail and is awaiting extraction.

© 2010 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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