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Woman found dead on Oregon Coast 'brightened everyone's life'

Woman found dead on Oregon Coast 'brightened everyone's life'
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WINCHESTER BAY, Ore. -- Authorities have identified the woman who was found dead at the Winchester Wayfinding Point Sunday morning.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed that Kirsten Elaine Englund, 57, of Castro Valley, California, is the woman who was found naked and face down at the area along Highway 101 about three miles south of Reedsport.

Officials are not releasing the manner and cause of death at this point.

Oregon State Police went to California to interview the only suspect in her death, Jeffrey Boyce of North Bend.

Boyce's mother told authorities in Oregon that her son believed someone in the federal government was spying on him daily.

The following is a statement from Englund's family:

"Kirsten's family is devastated by the heinous, cowardly, and senseless crime that took her life. We cannot begin to describe the deep void that we will have without her.

Kirsten was a compassionate, loving person, who brightened everyone's life.
Kirsten graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and received a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the San Francisco State University. Kirsten worked for over 25 years as a CPA, first as an auditor with KPMG in Houston, Texas than as an internal auditor at Mervyns Headquarters in Hayward. She retired in 2008 but kept active with her passions. She was a longtime resident of Castro Valley and volunteered for many organizations including Proctor Elementary and Creekside Middle School PTA where she served as Treasurer. She also recently dedicated much of her time serving on the Board of Directors for the Castro Valley Arts Foundation.

Some of Kirsten's favorite activities were hiking, camping, bird watching, gardening and traveling. She was an avid card player and enjoyed creative endeavors in needlepoint, sculpting, photography, and painting.

She will be truly missed by all her family and friends. She is survived by her two sons, step daughter, six siblings including her triplet sister and brother, and many nieces and nephews. 
We were all blessed with having Kirsten in our lives. She was an amazing person with a great capacity to love and help people.

As we remember the life of our beloved Kirsten and mourn her loss we would ask for privacy.
 
The family of Kirsten Englund"

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