Douglas County confirms remains are teen missing since 1998

Remains found in Southern Oregon have been identified as those of Stephanie Elizabeth Condon, who was 14 when she vanished in 1998 while baby-sitting her cousin's twins.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin announced the break in the case at a news conference this morning.

A Glide man found the remains March 13 as he walked his dog on a remote forest road off Little River Road in the Glide area. He marked the spot and notified authorities.

Members of the Stephanie Condon Task Force, which includes investigators from the sheriff's office, Roseburg Police Department, Oregon State Police, FBI and the District Attorney's Office, worked for more than a week recovering the remains, the Douglas County Sheriff's Department said in a release today. Investigators also collected other evidence from the scene.

Hanlin said the state crime lab made the identification through dental records. The cause and manner of death have not yet been established, but examinations are continuing, he said.

Investigators said they believe the recovery of Condon's body and other evidence "will be instrumental in bringing this case to a successful resolution, including the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible."

Authorities said early in the investigation they had a suspect. A massive search and hundreds of clues that poured into the sheriff's office produced no trace of the girl for nearly 11 years.

—Staff and wire reports

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