Around 6 p.m. on April 8, officials received a call about a deceased body with blunt force injuries being found on an abandoned property in Ridgefield, Washington, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office stated.
On April 18, the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office positively identified the victim as Oregon resident Joanna Speaks, 32, officials said.
Investigators said the body was found near an abandoned barn, but there are “indications the body was moved to this location.”
Officials determined Speaks suffered blunt force trauma to her head and neck and her manner of death was homicide, KOIN-TV reported.
Speaks had three children, a 7-year-old girl and two teen boys, and seven siblings, KGW-TV reported.
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She reportedly battled addiction and last spoke with her family in March, according to KGW-TV.
Ariel Hamby, Joanna’s stepsister, told KGW-TV, "It keeps me up at night thinking that whoever did this to her, blunt force trauma to the head and neck, I mean that is violent, and that person is walking around."
Officials said a suspect in her death has not been identified.
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