GRAND RONDE, Ore. — Oregon State Police announced Wednesday that it has solved the mystery of an unidentified child's body found in a state park in December of 2020, even tracking down her alleged killers.
Detectives were alerted to a body found in the H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor — a heavily wooded state park along Highway 18 near the northeastern edge of Lincoln County — in December of 2020. Someone walking in the area had discovered the girl's remains inside of a duffle bag that had been concealed in the forest.
At the time, investigators could not determine the child's identity. Based on the level of decomposition, they concluded that she had been dead between 30 and 60 days before she was discovered.
OSP later released a sketch showing the girl's possible appearance, but ultimately pursued using DNA as a means of learning her identity when they were unable to find any missing children reports matching her description.
Investigators and experts at the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office took samples from the child's remains for DNA testing by specialty laboratory Parabon Nano Labs. On October 4, OSP said, the lab told investigators that they had identified the child.
Haley Mae Coblentz was nine years old at the time of her death. She was born in Colorado, OSP said, but had been living with her biological mother and her mother's girlfriend in a number of places throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest since 2015. There was no missing person report filed for her around the time of her death.
On November 30, with the aid of the Detroit FBI, investigators from OSP tracked down Haley's mother, 29-year-old Shawna Browning, in Detroit, Michigan. Investigators arrested both Browning and her girlfriend, 34-year-old Lauren Harrison, and served a search warrant on their vehicle and hotel room.
Both Browning and Harrison were taken into custody on a Lincoln County, Oregon warrant and charged with Aggravated Murder. They were taken to detention facilities in Wayne County, Michigan, and were being held without bail.