On March 10, 2022 a report was made to the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office about possible human skeletal remains that had been found on Lois Island. This island is located in the Columbia River between Tongue Point and the John Day river outlet.
Detectives from the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police and Astoria Police Department, along with the Clatsop County Medical Examiner responded to investigate. During the investigation it was determined that the remains were human, and had been in that location for some time.
The Oregon State Police Medical Examiner’s Office has positively identified the remains as those of Maya Sanders, who was 29 years old when she was reported missing on March 12, 2019.
During the investigation of Ms. Sanders’ disappearance in 2019; it was determined that the last known location of Ms. Sanders was in the North Tongue Point area. Lois Island is near Ms. Sanders’ last known location. At this time there is nothing in the investigation to suggest that Ms. Sanders was a victim of criminal activity.
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