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News Release
3/23/23 Update-CCSO Investigating Two Persons Found Deceased in Washougal - 03/23/23

Update- 3/23/2023 3:30pm

Today members of the Clark County Sheriff's Office and Vancouver Police Department met to further discuss the investigation into the deaths of Meshay Melendez and Layla Stewart. 

Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit will be leading the investigation. The Clark County Sheriff's Office will be assisting as needed. 

Confirmation of the identities of the deceased as well as the manner and cause of death will be released by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office some time next week.

There are no further updates at this time. Future updates will come from the Vancouver Police Department.


On 3/22/2023, around 9:40 am, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious circumstance call off SE Sunset View Road in Washougal, WA. A passerby had reported that there appeared to be two “life-sized mannequins” just off the roadway down an embankment in some thick brush. 

A CCSO deputy responded to investigate and discovered two deceased persons.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit (MCU) responded and is investigating. They are currently processing the area as a crime scene.

It is believed that they may be related to the Vancouver Police Department's missing persons, Meshay Melendez and Layla Stewart.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

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