Vancouver police have closed the case on the 2018 disappearance of a woman last seen in the Brush Prairie area.
On April 13, the department announced the remains of Ashanti Conde had been positively identified.
Conde was reported missing March 11, 2018, by her family who said they had not seen her for a few weeks, according to a news release from VPD. The department’s investigation determined Conde was last seen alive Feb. 22 in Brush Prairie with Michael Conley, who was reported missing Feb. 27.
Conde and Conley left Brush Prairie in a Cadillac sedan that the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office reported was found in rural Skamania County on Feb. 24. Snow covered the vehicle and it didn’t appear anyone was inside, the release stated.
On March 9, 2018, Conley’s body was recovered near the vehicle with no signs of foul play, according to the release. Clark County Search and Rescue was not able to locate Conde.
Investigators received multiple tips throughout the investigation and searched a variety of locations throughout Southwest Washington, but it proved fruitless, the announcement stated.
More than three years later, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and others, searched the area again on Sept. 26, 2021, around where the Cadillac sedan was recovered. On that search, remains were found in a “rugged and steep area” and sent to a private lab for identification, according to the release.
On March 31, 2022, VPD received notice the remains were those of Conde, the release stated, after which the department closed the missing person case. Information on Conde’s death is being handled by the Skamania County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Skamania County Coroner’s Office.
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