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.