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Hilary Burgess Hansen died June 30, 2006. She was 32.

She was living in Portland and was last seen June 26. She was reported missing June 28 to the Portland Police Bureau. Her gray Audi was discovered in the Bagby Hot Springs area June 30. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office investigated that day, and found her body in the woods. The Clackamas County Medical Examiner ruled out foul play and determined that she had taken her own life.

Hansen was born Dec. 11, 1974, the only child of Mark and Heidi Hansen. She grew up in the Estacada area, and graduated from Estacada High School in 1993. She was involved in student council all four years, and served as the 1992-93 Associated Student Body president. She was a cheerleader her sophomore and junior years, was in the Spanish and drama clubs, and was a member of the Honor Society. She competed with the cross-country team her senior year.

After high school she attended Willamette University in Salem where she was president of the Pan-Hellenic Council. She graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics. After college she worked in the advertising and recruiting industries in Portland, Seattle, and Orange County, Calif.

A graveside memorial service was held at Riverview Cemetery Saturday, July 8.

Family and friends have been posting memories at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations made to the American Indian Fund through Weiden and Kennedy, or to the Hilary Hansen Benevolent Account for early bipolar detection at any Washington Mutual Bank.

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