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Published on Tuesday October 18, 2011 - 12:42 AM
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PORTLAND, Oregon - Following the recent recovery of the body of 47-year-old Lidiya Russu, of Southeast Portland, the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office has determined that Mrs. Russu's death was caused by hypothermia. No evidence of homicidal violence was detected.

Mrs. Russu was reported missing to the Portland Police Bureau, on Thursday night, October 6, 2011, after she was last seen leaving home in her grey 2000 Hyundai Elantra hatchback wagon, around noontime. Investigation determined that Mrs. Russu had been recently despondent over personal issues, and had not been prepared or dressed for the elements when she left home. Mrs. Russu's car was discovered at the High Rock area of the Mt. Hood National Forest, on Saturday, October 8, 2011. A large-scale, 4-day Search & Rescue mission was launched, led by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, assisted by additional law enforcement agencies, as well as dozens of volunteer and state-certified Search & Rescue groups. On Saturday, October 15, 2011, Mrs. Russu's body was located in the High Rock area, by searchers assisting the family. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office immediately responded, and coordinated the recovery, and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office took responsibility for her body. The Portland Police Bureau would like to thank the numerous agencies and volunteer groups who participated in the search for, and recovery of, Mrs. Russu, and would like to extend its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Russu. Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact Detective Mike Weinstein, Portland Police Bureau Missing Persons Unit, at 503-823-0446 or via e-mail at

Lidiya left in her 2000 Hyundai Elantra station wagon, bearing Oregon license plates 230 CXN. The vehicle is grey in color, with a black hood. (The included photos are similar to the missing vehicle, and are not the actual vehicle.) Detectives are concerned that Lidiya may be endangered, and may suffer from a medical condition which, if left untreated, could seriously jeopardize her welfare. Her family members have advised detectives it is very unlike her to be out of contact for any amount of time.

Lidiya is described as a white female, 47 years of age, who is 5'4" tall and weighs 155 pounds. She has long, black hair, which she may be wearing up in a bun, and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black, zippered house dress, a sheer scarf over her head, and flip flops or sandals. Anyone who knows of the whereabouts of Lidiya, or her car, is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact Detective Mike Weinstein, Missing Persons Unit, at 503-823-0446.