Police search for person of interest in Lafayette homicide
Body found in field near Lafayette identified as 37-year-old woman
The Yamhill County Sheriffs Office has publicly identified a female body found Sunday in a field near Lafayette, and is searching for a person of interest.
Lilia Cosco-Ortiz, 37, of Vancouver, Wash., was identified as the deceased late Monday and her name was released Tuesday.
She was last seen leaving her Vancouver home on Oct. 1, the sheriffs office said, and her family thought she was headed for the Oregon coast. They expected her back that night or the next, but when she didnt return by Sunday evening her family reported her as missing to the Vancouver Police Department.
On Sunday afternoon a few passersby found Cosco-Ortizs body in a field near Lafayette and they notified authorities.
On Monday law enforcement determined she had died of homicidal violence, the sheriffs office said in a release.
The Yamhill County Major Crimes Response Team identified Victor Melcher Villalba, 37, as a person of interest in the case. Villalba, who police said also goes by the name Victor Bello Rojas, was last seen driving a white, 2003 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with Oregon plate 184 HLF.The pickup is an extended cab truck with some body damage to the right side of the tailgate.