Police still looking for mom of toddler found dead in Cannon Beach; dad cooperating

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40-year-old Jessica Smith of Goldendale, Washington is driving a gold 2007 Chevy Suburban, license plate APX3141, according to police. August 1, 2014.

CANNON BEACH, Ore. – Police releaed more details Saturday in their investigation into the first homicide in Cannon Beach in more than 50 years.

An autopsy will be conducted Sunday on the 2-year-old girl who was found dead in a hotel room on Friday, Cannon Beach police chief Jason Schermerhorn said.

The girl’s 13-year-old sister is in stable condition after surgery Friday night at Doernbecher Children’s hospital.

During a press conference Saturday afternoon, Schermerhorn described a horrifying scene in the hotel room.

“I saw a large amount of blood,” he said, adding that it all appeared to be from the 12-year-old.

Police have ruled it a homicide, the first in town in more than half a century, Schermerhorn said. Contrary to some earlier reports, the child was not cut or stabbed.

Police are still looking for the children’s mom, 40-year-old Jessica Smith of Goldendale, Wash., and her gold 2007 Chevy Suburban.

Schermerhorn said Smith is a person of interest in the case, but that police haven’t labeled her a suspect. He said the children’s father, Greg Smith, is not a suspect and has cooperated with the investigation.

Police served a search warrant at the hotel room Friday night, but wouldn’t say what they found.

Schermerhorn said police have no idea where Jessica Smith is.

“It’s wide open,” he said.