Police: Missing woman likely drowned

Police: Missing woman likely drowned
Holly Berry, 35

COOS BAY, Ore. -- An autopsy on Saturday has led police to confirm that the body found last week in Coos Bay is that of Holly Berry.

They say the cause of death is likely drowning.

Authorities say It appears that Holly fell into a creek in area where she was found.

As police were looking for answers, friends and family of the woman were remembering Holly.

Instead of mourning, some people say they are spreading good memories and loving thoughts of a woman who they say was full of joy and kindness.

Donna Stewart searched for Holly when she went missing back in January. She says Holly was a great person. "Holly was happy," she said. "Holly loved everybody, Holly was friendly. I don't think you would've ever heard a bad word out of that young woman's mouth. She's just a beautiful beautiful soul."

Friends who searched for her say they never gave up hope on finding her alive. "I'm thankful that they don't suspect foul play," said Laura Schier. "Hopefully it was a peaceful passing if it is her, but it still very heartbreaking to the community. She touched a lot of people's lives."

Friends say they will remember Berry as a woman who gave her time and energy to those with special needs and the less fortunate.

Friends and family will hold a candlelight vigil on Wednesday morning at 10:30 am, near the place where police found her body.

Her official memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 6 at 3:00 pm. That service will be at the First Baptist Church, 2080 Marion St. in North Bend. 

Both the vigil and the service will be open to the public.