Body found in rural North Plains area linked to 2012 killing

Rural North Plains area- On December 12 in 2012, Theresa Fronsman was shot and killed in her home on a tree farm northwest of North Plains on NW Pumpkin Ridge Road. Her alleged killer, Robert Dwight Hardison, was indicted on charges of aggravated murder, murder and first-degree burglary – but he was never seen after the incident nearly five years ago.

Today at 9:30, two hunters found human remains in a heavily forested area at the end of NW Willis Lane, just around the corner from where Fronsman was killed at the farm she and her husband, James Fronsman, owned.

Detectives are investigating the remains in connection with the 2012 murder of Theresa Fronsman.

The deputies can’t confirm yet if the remains are Hardison’s, but evidence at the scene included clothing worn by Hardison, according to James Fronsman during a phone call today.

“They told me they found his boots on him.” said Fronsman, who now lives in Soap Lake, Washington. He’s lived there for four years.

According to the Washngton County Sheriff’s Office, DNA evidence will be submitted to the Oregon State Crime Lab for testing.

Sources and more information:

Press Release from Washington County Sheriff’s Office
Phone call with James Fronsman
Washington County Sheriff’s Office PIO Jeff Talbot

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