On 05-26-19 at 3:46 p.m., the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 transfer call through the Brookings Police Department from a caller who reported that he and his friends had found a body in the water up Emily Creek off the Chetco River about ten miles east of Brookings, Or. The caller was one of four individuals who had been hiking in the Emily Creek drainage when they discovered the victim under water.
Curry County Sheriff’s Deputies and Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to the area and met with the caller who led Deputies to the location of the body. Deputies discovered the body that was submerged in about two feet of water against a log in the current. At that time it was undetermined the gender or age of the victim or how long the victim had been there.
Deputies and SAR removed the victim from the water and discovered the victim was a female in her twenties. The victim was carried back out to the patrol vehicles and then released to Redwood Memorial Services out of Brookings. The Curry County District Attorney and the Medical Examiner were notified of the deceased female.
On 05-17-19, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing twenty-seven year old female, Michella Craft, who was reported missing by her mother in Medford, Or. It was reported that Michella had been living in Portland but had been seen in Curry County recently. The information including photos had been put out to Patrol Deputies and other local police agencies.
On 05-27-19, Deputies were able to take fingerprints of the victim and sent them off to the state crime lab for comparison. Deputies were also able to find clothing and camping items that were believed to belong to the unidentified female. The area where the items were found was above the 2 nd Bridge on the Chetco River and on Tidewater property.
On 05-28-19, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the fingerprints did match Michella Craft, who had been listed as missing. The family of Michella Craft has been notified. The Curry County Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause of death and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office will continue the investigation.