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Missing Ashland woman found dead

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday morning recovered the body of Theresa Grace Flowers of Ashland, in a pond near the Billings Ranch subdivision in north Ashland.

The JCSO Search and Rescue Unit had been looking for Flowers, 22, in the area since Friday, when it reported on its Facebook page that she had pulled into a driveway, parked her car and walked northeast.

“Ms. Flowers may be depressed and/or confused,” the message read.

According to the sheriff’s office, a “citizen” reported seeing what they believed to be Flowers’ body in the pond Sunday morning. The sheriff’s office and Fire District 5 responded shortly after 10 a.m. to the report and deputies recovered the body, which was identified as Flowers.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Mike Moran said deputies “put several days of search” into the area, but added that it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she wasn’t found until Sunday.

“With individuals that are found in water, oftentimes it is a matter of days before they are visible at the surface,” he said.

Moran added that no cause of death has been determined. The county’s deputy medical examiner was on the scene, but it’s expected that Oregon’s state medical examiner will review the case.

“I would say it’s a possible drowning because that would be up to the medical examiner to determine if that was a cause of death,” Moran said. “And I would say at this time we have no indication of foul play.”

A GoFundMe page set up by Ayala Zonnenschein to help pay for funeral expenses and care for Flowers’ two young children had reached its $20,000 goal Tuesday morning. According to the page’s summary, Flowers’ children are being cared for by her mother and her mother’s husband, an Oregon Shakespeare Festival employee who’s been furloughed.

“Please be generous in supporting this loving family with a tax deductible donation as they struggle through an immensely difficult time,” it reads. Donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/f/theresa-grace-memorial-fund.

Joe Zavala can be reached at 541-821-0829 or jzavala@rosebudmedia.com.

Theresa Grace Flowers (photo courtesy of Jackson County Sheriff's Office).