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Coos County authorities looking for 31-year-old woman who went missing Monday

By Noelle Crombie, The Oregonian

November 10, 2009



Coos County authorities are looking for a 31-year-old Coquille woman who disappeared from her mother's home sometime Monday morning.

Jayme Sue Austin, of Fairview Road, was reported missing by her family about 2:30 p.m. Austin had gone to her mother's home several doors down Monday morning to take a shower but never showed up for work.

After looking through Austin's house and her mother's home, sheriff's deputies called for the county's major crime team.

Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier declined to say what authorities found at the homes but he said they view Austin's disappearance as suspicious.

Frasier said neither house had signs of a forced entry. He would not say whether they found Austin's pocketbook or her car keys. Her car was found parked in her mother's driveway.

When Austin didn't show up for work at a satellite sales outfit, her employers called Austin's mother. Her mother returned home, driving the route her daughter would have taken to work to make sure her car hadn't broken down. Cindy Grisholt, her mother, searched the house and didn't find any sign of her daughter. She called police that afternoon.

Frasier said Austin's boyfriend is at work on the Bering Sea. He said she is typically punctual for work. He said her relatives said Austin had a drug problem but has been clean for four or five years.

"Everybody is saying, based on her current condition, this is totally out of character," he said.

By nightfall, some 30 people -- including the Coos County Search and Rescue Team, police officers and friends and family of the missing woman -- had fanned out to search the area around the Grisholt home. North Bend's dive team searched nearby water. The U.S. Coast Guard flew over the area.

But no evidence of Austin was found, Frasier's office reported.

Anyone with information about Austin's whereabouts is urged to contact 541-396-3121, ext. 371 or 372

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Police search for woman

From Staff Reports
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Coos County Search and Rescue Team is looking for a 31-year-old Coquille woman who went missing Monday under suspicious circumstances.

Jayme Austin called her mother, Cindy Gisholt, who was at work Monday morning and told her she didn’t have any water at her home, 59288 Fairview Road.

She asked to go to her mother’s place to take a shower before going to work in Coos Bay. At noon, Gisholt got a call from Austin’s employer, who said Austin never showed up for work. Gisholt went home and found her daughter’s car parked outside her residence, 59376 Fairview Road, but Austin was not there, nor at her home down the road.

Deputies responded and activated the Coos County Major Crime Team. Officers and crime lab workers inspected both Gisholt’s and Austin’s homes, and spoke with neighbors.

Austin is described as Caucasian, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 135 to 150 pounds.

Anyone with information about Austin can call the Coos County Sheriff’s Office at 396-3121, ext. 371, or Coos County dispatchers at 396-2106.

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Investigators expand search for missing woman

From Staff Reports
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Coos County Major Crime Team plans to continue searching along forest and logging roads in the area of the Fairview home where 31-year-old Jayme Austin apparently went missing Monday.

Searchers have been looking for her and asking for the public’s help since Monday, when her mother reported her missing. On Tuesday, about 30 people, including the Coos County Search and Rescue Team, two tracking dogs, police officers, along with friends and family searched near her home at 59288 Fairview Road. They also conducted an extensive search of the land near the home of her mother, Cindy Gisholt.

The North Bend Dive team also examined nearby water sources and the U.S. Coast Guard provided a helicopter that flew over the immediate area. They have found no evidence of Austin, a Coos County District Attorney’s Office press release said.

Investigators also conducted interviews with numerous neighbors, acquaintances, friends and family, but again, nothing was found. The Sheriff’s Office has not received any reports indicating that Austin has been sighted.

She is described as Caucasian, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 135 to 150 pounds.

Gisholt told investigators that she last heard from her daughter on Monday, when the younger woman called to say she didn’t have any water at her home. She asked to use her mom’s shower before going to work.

Deputies went to the scene and activated the Coos County Major Crime Team. Officers and crime lab workers inspected both homes.

Anyone with information about Austin can call the Coos County Sheriff’s Office at 396-3121, ext. 371, or Coos County dispatchers at 396-2106.

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'Someone took her'

By Meghan Walsh and Jessica Musicar, Staff Writers
Friday, November 13, 2009


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Coos County law enforcement and family are searching for 31-year-old Jayme Austin who went missing Monday. Her mother, Cindy Gisholt, who lives two doors down on the rural county road near Fairview and LaVerne County Park reported her missing Monday

FAIRVIEW - It was Monday afternoon when Cindy Gisholt got a call from her 31-year-old daughter’s boss. Jayme Austin hadn’t shown up for her shift.

“I thought she was late to work because she got into a car accident,” Gisholt said. “She drives like a bat out of hell.”

But, upon returning to her Fairview home, she found Austin’s car parked safely in the driveway.

Inside, a heater continued to blow hot air, towels waited in a dryer, and Gisholt found Austin’s new Droid cell phone, abandoned.

“She wouldn’t go anywhere without it.”

Gisholt knew something was seriously wrong.

“As soon as I made the decision to call police, I knew someone took her,” she said.

Cars lined Gisholt’s driveway Wednesday afternoon. Standing on her front porch, surrounded by friends and family, she waited for any news of her missing daughter.

Since Monday, more than two dozen searchers have scoured mountainsides, river bottoms and the dense woodlands surrounding Fairview for any trace of the mother of two girls, ages 5 and 12.

“I just want my daughter home,” Gisholt said. “They just want their mom.”

Investigators have no idea what happened to Austin, Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier said.

“I hope she’s alive. I always hope for the best in these things, but plan for the worst,” he said.

Police have not announced any leads, but they are treating Austin’s disappearance as a crime.

The investigation

The Coos County Major Crime Team arrived at Gisholt’s house Monday afternoon within 30 minutes of her call. Since then, the Coos County Search and Rescue Team, tracking dogs, the Coos County Mounted Posse, police, friends and family have searched the area.

Some have arrived at sunrise and searched past sunset.

The North Bend Dive team examined a nearby river and a pond on the Gisholt property. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter also flew over the area. As of this morning, they had found no trace of Austin, a Coos County District Attorney’s Office press release said.

Today, investigators are focused on talking to witnesses, and they’re asking the public to call with any information.

Austin’s ex-boyfriend, Jesse Rooke, is not a person of interest in the disappearance, Frasier said. Acquaintances told police the man has been on a fishing boat out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, since at least Nov. 8. No one has been able to contact Rooke’s boat, Frasier said, but the man’s involvement seems unlikely.

“If he’s on that boat, then he doesn’t have anything to do with this,” the DA said.

The World’s archives say police arrested Rooke on a domestic assault charge in Fairview in November 2005.

“There have been domestic violence incidents between the two in the past,” Frasier said.

There are also reports that Austin had a stalker, who a few months ago hacked into her e-mail, voice mail and MySpace account. But the problem seemed to go away after Austin changed her numbers and personal account information, Gisholt said.

Disappearing is out of character for Austin, who has held a job with Oregon Satellite for two years, the DA said.

Her family told investigators that she occasionally disappeared for a day or two in the past, when she was using methamphetamine. But Austin overcame her addiction a couple of years ago, Frasier said.

“It’s hard to come back from drug problems, but she did,” Gisholt said.

Dedicated worker

Sandi Woodworth, Oregon Satellite’s Coos Bay store manager, described Austin as her right-hand person.

“If I needed anything done, she was right there to do it for me,” Woodworth said. “She’s just a friendly, outgoing person.”

On Monday, Austin called Woodworth, the last person to speak with her, to say she was having well troubles and would be late to work. She planned to shower at her mom’s house, two doors down.

“She’d been having trouble with her water prior,” Woodworth said.

Woodworth said she’s been sick to her stomach since then. She can’t eat and can barely sleep.

“I’m checking and double checking the locks because it’s so out of the blue,” Woodworth said.

As search crews combed through the woods Wednesday, friends and family comforted and hugged Gisholt. Visiting children swung on a play set in front yard. Gisholt kept a straight face and an even voice as she discussed her daughter’s disappearance.

“We have hope,” Gisholt said. “We are holding on to our hope. We will find her.”

http://www.theworldlink.com/articles...8704057864.txt

Unsolved crimes

The Gisholt property in Fairview is not far from where the body of murdered Coquille teenager Leah Freeman was found in August 2000.

The 15-year-old disappeared the night of June 28, 2000. A searcher discovered Leah’s body off the side of Lee Valley Road on a wooded slope by a creek more than month later. The site is several miles from Fairview Road.

Police have not solved the crime.
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Police recover body of missing woman

Friday, November 13, 2009

Autopsy set for Saturday



COQUILLE - Investigators this morning recovered the body of 31-year-old Jayme Sue Austin in a shallow grave off Middle Creek Road near Fairview.

At a press conference this afternoon in Coquille, Coos County Sheriff Andy Jackson and District Attorney R. Paul Frasier said an autopsy of Austin’s body is tentatively scheduled Saturday. They didn’t say how they think she died.

Austin’s brother-in-law Patrick Lee Horath has been charged with her murder and is in the Coos County jail on $1.5 million bail. Investigators said Horath led them to the grave site, which was 20-30 yards off the road.

Horath is married to Austin’s sister, Alyssa, and lives nearby, Frasier said.

Austin’s mother reported her missing Monday after she failed to show up for work. She had called her mother that morning saying her well water wasn’t working. Investigators believe she then went two doors down the road to take a shower at her mother’s house. No one heard from her again.

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Police arrest brother-in-law

By Jessica Musicar, Staff Writer
Friday, November 13, 2009

The Coos County District Attorney’s Office plans to arraign the brother-in-law of Jayme Austin on Monday in the Fairview woman’s murder.

At daybreak today investigators planned to dig up a grave believed to contain the body of the 31-year-old Fairview woman, a Coos County District Attorney’s Office press release said.

Officers located a gravesite a short distance from Middle Creek Road at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, but it was too dark to properly investigate, said Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier in the 1 a.m. press release today. The area is several miles west of Fairview.

Earlier that evening, law enforcement officers arrested Patrick Lee Horath, 45, of Fairview. He has been charged with murder and remained at the county jail on $1.5 million bail this morning, a jail spokeswoman said. Horath lived in a home between Austin’s and her mother, Cindy Gisholt on Fairview Road.

Aside from a traffic ticket in 1995, Horath has no criminal history in Coos County, a circuit court spokeswoman said. He was divorced in 1996.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Pat Downing said he isn’t sure who found the grave or how investigators discovered it. Police have closed a section of the road to traffic to allow investigators to examine the gravesite. The exact location has not been released.

Until the grave is processed, Frasier said neither he nor Sheriff Andy Jackson will release details on the investigation. They will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m. at the Owen Building at the Coos County Annex in Coquille, the press release said.

Austin’s family and boss last heard from her on Monday morning, when she phoned them to say her water at her Fairview home wasn’t working. She is believed to have gone two doors down to her mother’s to take a shower before going to work. She hadn’t been seen nor heard from since.

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Murder suspect helped in search

By Jessica Musicar, Staff Writer

Saturday, November 14, 2009

COQUILLE - Before her mother called the police Monday, before most people knew she was missing, Patrick Lee Horath helped his family search for Jayme Austin.

Less than 82 hours later, Coos County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Horath ” Austin’s brother-in-law” and charged him with her murder.

Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier said the 45-year-old attempted to lend a hand again in the search on Thursday, but instead met with police. Early that evening they arrested him, and soon after, he pointed them toward Austin’s shallow grave up Middle Creek Road.

The DA refused to reveal whether the Fairview resident made a confession. He is expected to be arraigned on Monday.

During a Friday afternoon press conference with Sheriff Andy Jackson in Coquille, Frasier unveiled details about the grave, Horath’s arrest and other information in the murder case.

The 31-year-old, who had been missing since Nov. 9, was buried in mountainous terrain off the winding road about 17 miles from her Fairview home. Investigators found Austin’s body in a grave about 20 to 30 yards from the paved road on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property. Frasier said she had been covered in dirt and rocks.

“You would not be able to see it from the road,” the DA said.

Jackson was relieved that investigators found Austin’s body so quickly.

“We didn’t have to carry this on for some time,” Jackson said.

Investigators believe Austin died on Monday, but Frasier couldn’t say definitively. He would not discuss whether a weapon was used and said it was too early to say whether Austin had been sexually assaulted.

“I’m not going to comment on the condition of the body,” Frasier said.

An autopsy is tentatively set for today, as long as a Medford-based forensic pathologist is available. The cause of Austin’s death won’t be determined until then, Frasier said.

Austin’s mother, Cindy Gisholt, first reported her missing on Monday afternoon. That morning, the mother of two called Gisholt and her boss to say the water at her Fairview home wasn’t working. She is believed to have gone two doors down to her mother’s to take a shower before going to work. She hadn’t been seen nor heard from since.

Horath lived with his wife ” Austin’s sister, Alyssa ” in a home between Austin’s and their mother’s, on the family’s property. He worked at Farr’s True Value in Coos Bay. Aside from a traffic ticket in 1995, Horath has no criminal history in Coos County, a circuit court spokeswoman said. Frasier refused to discuss whether Horath and Austin had any conflicts, nor what physical evidence was found on the man’s body. He did not believe drugs were involved in the incident and would not discuss a possible motive.

“Based on evidence and information that came to our attention, we were able to make that arrest last evening,” Frasier said.

Investigators first considered Horath to be a person of interest after speaking with him on Monday. Frasier said they had some concerns.

But Tuesday, Horath went to work and again on Wednesday.

“We asked him if he would voluntarily come and talk with us,” Frasier said.

On Thursday morning, the suspect drove himself to the Oregon State Police office in Empire for an interview.

By 7 p.m., deputies took him into custody.

Just before Friday’s press conference, Frasier talked with Austin’s family, confirming they’d found her body.

“I think deep down the family knew,” he said. “Obviously, they’re grieving for their daughter.

“At first, they were a bit shocked,” Frasier said of Horath’s arrest. “But then they came to accept it.”

Jackson and Frasier said they were grateful to law enforcement in the area for assisting in the case.

“Every agency in the county, except for Powers, contributed manpower to this situation,” Frasier said. “It really helped in solving this crime.”

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DA releases cause in Jayme Austin death

By Jessica Musicar, Staff Writer

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Coos County District Attorney's Office released partial results of the autopsy of the body of Fairview resident Jayme Austin, who police believe was murdered Monday.

Investigators believe Austin’s brother-in-law, Patrick Horath, strangled her in her mother's home, according to a Saturday night press release.

And while Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier isn't ready to say whether she'd also been sexually assaulted, a forensic pathologist did a sexual examination during Saturday's autopsy.

"I can't talk about that right now," the DA said of a possible rape. But, "In a case like this it's always a normal procedure."

The autopsy revealed that the 31-year-old died as a result of asphyxiation caused by manual strangulation, the press release said.

"It clearly wasn't a ligature ... so the only way it could have been done would have been manually ... by hands or an arm shoved up against the throat," Frasier said

Horath, who remains at the Coos County jail since his arrest Thursday night, will be arraigned in Judge Michael Gillespie's courtroom at 3 p.m. on Monday. Frasier said he and investigators aren't considering any other suspects.

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DA considers death penalty

By Jessica Musicar, Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 17, 2009


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Patrick Lee Horath, 45, stands next to public defender Carole Hamilton Monday afternoon, as he is arraigned in the murder of Jayme Austin. He appeared before Circuit Court Judge Michael Gillespie.

COQUILLE — The Coos County District Attorney may seek the death penalty or life imprisonment for Patrick Lee Horath, if the Fairview man is convicted in the murder of his sister-in-law, Jayme Austin.

“By trial, I will have made up my mind,” said District Attorney R. Paul Frasier.

For now, it’s “too early in the case to tell,” the DA said. First, he wants to see the results of a planned background investigation analyzing the 45-year-old’s character.

On Monday afternoon, Judge Michael Gillespie arraigned Horath in Coos County Court on a grand jury indictment, charging him with five counts of murder and one count first-degree sexual abuse, stemming from the Nov. 9 death of 31-year-old Austin.

Although the courtroom was filled with Austin’s friends and family, including Horath’s wife and Austin’s sister, Alyssa, he made no attempt to steal glances at them as he stood in shackles and a baggy black and white-striped jail uniform.

The DA said the family has had a double loss in this case, as Austin’s two young daughters lost a mother, and Horath and Alyssa Horath’s children may lose a father.

“They’ve been hit with a double whammy,” he said.

Investigators believe Horath strangled Austin in the bathroom of her mother’s home on the ninth and then hid her body under a mound of rocks and dirt up Middle Creek Road. Coos County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Horath at the Oregon State Police Empire Office on Thursday following a more than six-hour long interview. Frasier said Horath led investigators to the gravesite at the bottom of a steep embankment about 50 feet from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management road. It is unclear whether he took investigators to the site or gave directions.

Horath, Austin’s mother and other relatives live in houses on the family ranch in Fairview. Austin lived there, too.

The charges against Horath include two counts of aggravated murder and three counts of murder. Frasier explained that the five murder charges represent different legal theories of how murder could have been committed. He said he asked Monday’s grand jury to charge Horath on each.

The aggravated murder charges allege the defendant intended to kill Austin while sexually abusing or attempting to abuse her. The remaining three murder charges allege he accidentally caused her death while sexually abusing or attempting to abuse her.

Frasier refused to say which charge he found most likely.

“I can’t talk about that,” he said.

He did note that there were indications that someone tried to clean the bathroom where Austin likely died.

The DA said he chose to pursue the sex abuse charge, because an autopsy on Saturday showed physical signs that Austin had been molested in some way.

If convicted of aggravated murder, Horath could face the death penalty, life without parole or life with the possibility of parole after serving 30 years. For murder, sentencing would likely be life imprisonment with 25 years mandatory minimum. First-degree sexual abuse is a Measure 11 crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a minimum of six years and three months. If the case goes to trial and Horath is found guilty of two or more, those murder charges would merge and the court would impose only one sentence, the DA added.

The last time a Coos County district attorney pursued the death penalty, Frasier said, was in the Girly Crum case in 1997. The jury couldn’t agree on executing him, and the court sentenced Crum to life without parole in the quintuple murder case.

The judge assigned Dan Koenig, a public defense attorney based in Eugene who participated in the arraignment via teleconference, to represent Horath from this point forward. In cases that could involve the death penalty, Frasier said courts draw from a pool of death penalty qualified defense attorneys.

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