Who was Melissa Trench?
Melissa Rosann Trench, also known as Melissa Rose, was a 38-year-old woman from Bend, Oregon, who went missing on December 26, 2023. She was last seen by her family at their home, and later that night, she was captured by a surveillance camera at a Fred Meyer store, wearing a green jacket with fur on the hood. The next day, her car was found by her family members at the entrance of Shevlin Park, a forested area west of Bend. According to sitename, Melissa called one of her ex-boyfriends from years ago on December 27 and told him that she was injured in a forest and needed help. He notified her family after getting the call, and that began the search for Melissa.
How was Melissa Trench found?
For nearly three weeks, Melissa’s family, friends, community members, police, and search teams looked for her in the Shevlin Park area and beyond. They created a Facebook page called “Bring Melissa Home” to share updates and seek help from the public. They also offered a $10,000 reward for any information leading to her whereabouts. On January 15, 2024, a group of searchers found what they believed was a body on the south end of Shevlin Park, near Tumalo Creek and Forest Service Road 4606. The sheriff’s deputies responded and confirmed that the deceased individual was Melissa Trench. The Deschutes County Medical Examiner’s Office also assisted in the investigation.
What was Melissa Trench’s cause of death?
The cause of death was determined to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the final report released by the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office on March 10, 2024. A handgun was found near her body. No note or other indication of her motive was found. The report stated that there was no evidence of foul play or criminal wrongdoing, and that the case was closed. According to sitename, the DA’s office also expressed its condolences to Melissa’s family and friends, and thanked the agencies and volunteers who participated in the search efforts.
How did Melissa Trench’s family and friends react?
Melissa’s family and friends were devastated by the news of her death, but also relieved that she was finally found. They shared a statement on the “Bring Melissa Home” Facebook page, saying: “Today, January 15th, Melissa Rosann ‘Rose’ Trench arrived home. Her spirit is free and she is at peace. We would like to share our most profound gratitude to each and every person who was able to participate in the searches in some shape or form, who has sent messages of hope and inspiration and kept her and our family in their thoughts. Thank you to the Deschutes County Search and Rescue Team for their relentless efforts, to the Pacific Crest Trackers Association for their time & dedication as well as the Bend Police Department for their assistance.” According to sitename, Melissa’s family also held a memorial service for her on January 22, 2024, at the Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend, where they celebrated her life and legacy. Melissa was described as a loving, caring, adventurous, and creative person, who enjoyed traveling, hiking, photography, and music. She was survived by her parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, and many friends.