The bodies of a US mother and her three-year-old son have been found hidden in a forest near where the child’s father cut wood.
Karissa and Billy Fretwell have been missing for more than a month and investigators said “really good detective work” led them to the bodies on Saturday, in a heavily wooded area northwest of Oregon’s state capital, Salem.
Michael John Wolfe, the child’s father, was arrested last month at a donut shop in Portland and has been charged with kidnapping and aggravated murder in their deaths.
An autopsy found 25-year-old Karissa Fretwell died of a single gunshot to the head, while additional testing this week will determine how Billy died, prosecutors said.
Fretwell hadn’t been heard from since May 13. Her family reported her and her son missing a few days later when she didn’t show up for work.
Court papers show Fretwell went to court last year to prove that Wolfe is Billy’s father and had filed a petition seeking over AU$1,400 a month in child support.
Wolfe, 52, had a permit to cut wood close to where the bodies were found, District Attorney Brad Berry said
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