Sheriff: Woman found dead from apparent gunshot in Oregon woods outside Alsea

The death of a woman in her 20s found in a remote forested area appears suspicious, the Benton County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies responded to the scene outside Alsea around 5 p.m. Monday. (Photo courtesy Benton County Sheriff's Office)

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in an Oregon forest.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office says the unidentified body is that of a woman in her 20s, and it was discovered Monday night by someone from a timber company outside the town of Alsea.

Benton County Sheriff Scott Jackson told the Corvallis Gazette-Times the death appears to be from a gunshot wound, but an autopsy will be performed.

Investigators have yet to estimate how long the body had been in the woods before it was discovered.