Police identify woman found dead near Greenway
Medford police identified a body found beneath the Fourth Street Bridge early Monday morning as a local woman who had been homeless and staying near where she was found.
Kristina Kellee Campbell, 30, was known to local homeless outreach organization Compassion Highway Project. Melissa Mayne, founder and executive director of the nonprofit, said that she knew Campbell for about four years.
"She had lots of friends," Mayne said. "She was always trying to make her friends happy and her boyfriend happy and she did make an impact, because she was trying to be the bright little light for everybody."
The nonprofit posted a tribute to her on its Facebook page Monday evening.
"Your smile was amazing it could light up a room and you had the most beautiful eyes," the post said. "You will be missed by so many."
The post was shared more than 50 times.
Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said that "evidence of drug use" had been found near Campbell's body. Toxicology results likely won't be available for another few weeks.Court records show that Campbell had previous involvement with drugs and may have been separated from her boyfriend after a domestic dispute.
Mayne said that certain circumstances of Campbell's death left her and others who knew Campbell with questions. In the highly trafficked area near the Greenway where Campbell was found, she said she doesn't know why the 30-year-old didn't receive help sooner if she was in distress.
"If the overdose wasn’t the cause, she was still on the street and she still needed help," Mayne said. "She was still found alone, under a bridge and she shouldn’t have been. That should have never happened."
Medford police responded to a call about a dead person at the location Monday, 51 minutes after midnight.
Police quickly ruled out foul play as a contributing factor in Campbell's death.
In recent weeks, Mayne said that Campbell had been looking healthier than she had seen her in a long time.
"She just looked different," she said. "I had taken a photo of her, because I said, 'You've never looked more beautiful.' I was so excited for her."
"It kind of hit everybody hard," Mayne said.
Budreau said that Campbell is survived by two children. The younger turned 2 years old on Monday.