Holly Berry

Police expect autopsy on body Saturday

2013-03-14T15:04:00Z 2013-03-15T16:32:05Z Police expect autopsy on body SaturdayThe World Coos Bay World
March 14, 2013 3:04 pm  • 

EMPIRE — An autopsy of a body found in Empire on Thursday is scheduled for Saturday, police officials said.

Coos Bay Police Chief Gary McCullough said he believes the body is that of 34-year-old missing Coos Bay woman Holly Berry, but must wait for an autopsy before they can make a positive identification, which will be carried out Saturday.

“There’s a very likely indication that it is Holly Berry,” McCullough said Thursday evening after a body was found in a wooded area behind the former DV8 night club in Empire.

McCullough anticipates that the results of the autopsy will be available some time next week.

Berry was last seen at her Norman Street apartment in the Empire area on Jan. 4.

On Thursday, McCullough said the discovered body was wearing clothes fitting the description of Berry given to police the day she went missing.

Jay Maxner, Berry’s stepfather, said he and Holly’s mother are distraught at the possibility of their daughter being gone.

Due to the state of decomposition of the body, police were unable to make a positive identification immediately.

Around 5 p.m. Thursday, police removed a dark pink backpack from the scene where the body was found. Berry was last seen wearing a dark pink backpack and a purple coat on surveillance footage the day of her disappearance.

Earlier in the day, Coos Bay Police Capt. Chris Chapanar said that “there’s a good chance” it is one of the women who recently went missing in the area. The other missing Coos Bay woman from the area is 59-year-old Glenda Campbell, who was reported missing Nov. 6.

McCullough said police did not find marks on the body consistent with foul play, but would not make a final determination until after the autopsy.

A person looking for recyclable cans in the wooded area off of Newmark Avenue discovered the body around 1 p.m. and called police.

The body was removed from the scene and taken Bay Area Hospital on Thursday evening for identification.

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  1. 60something
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    60something - March 16, 2013 12:04 pm
    It seems at this point that foul play is an issue here. How would this women get behind those stores in a wooded area off of the parking lot? It is out of character for her to go there alone, as her friends say she went directly here to there. The search process really needs to be looked at. How could a professional team fail to look behind all buildings and wooded areas in the limited location of Empire?
  2. Kategosselin
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    Kategosselin - March 16, 2013 12:35 am
    Feeling very bad about this woman, But how could anyone do this..?? The police should search every detail about this and take strict action against those people who have does this crime.

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  3. ConcernedWoman
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    ConcernedWoman - March 15, 2013 11:00 pm
    2 missing women is not a coincidence. The police have not acted as though there was anything to worry about on either case from the beginning. Classic "small town" cop mentality...inadequate training to handle what appears to be someone targeting mentally impaired women who have no way of defending themselves.
  4. lin111
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    lin111 - March 15, 2013 3:34 pm
    We have another woman missing and one found in the woods between two homes and where she would not have gone alone @ that time of day. We are not happy about the laziness of the search for Holly, someone looking for cans finds her and police can't. We need to do better then this for the women of this community or I'm sure this will not be the end of the sadness we have for these women, sisters, daughters, mothers. WE PAY TAXES WE DEMAND PROTECTION!!!!
  5. bobbrinkley
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    bobbrinkley - March 15, 2013 11:11 am
    I can never understand why they wait for such along time to call in the tracking dogs to find lost people. This was so close to the area they were searching for Holy why did they skip this wooded area ? No foul play ? something happened to her where she could not get back onto the road or a nearby house ?? Some one made a mistake in this search !
  6. clover
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    clover - March 14, 2013 8:18 pm
    No foul play? How can they say? They just told you that the body was badly decomposed. So of course they cant tell.
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