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Child Murdered

Mother Arrested In Killing Of Girl Found Dead On Lincoln County Riverbank; Companion Also Faces Murder Charges

Story by Oregon Herald Staff
Published on December 2, 2021 3:38 AM
The mother of a 9-year-p;d girl whose remains were found a year ago by a riverbank at a highway rest area in Lincoln County was arrested Tuesday afternoon during a traffic stop in Detroit, Michigan, on allegations that she killed her daughter.

Shawna Browning, 28, and another woman, Lauren Harrison, 33, face aggravated murder charges in the killing of Hayley Mae Coblentz, 9.

On December 10, 2020, Detectives from the Oregon State Police Major Crimes section responded to the H.B. Van Duzer Scenic Corridor in Lincoln County, Oregon, for the report of human remains discovered just outside the rest area. An individual walking in the area discovered the remains of a female child, concealed inside a duffle bag, then hidden in the forest. Based on the level of decomposition, it appeared she had been deceased between 30-60 days before her discovery.

Investigators and experts at the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office, collected samples from the child's remains for DNA testing by a specialty DNA laboratory. Parabon Nano Labs extracted DNA from the samples submitted, and on October 4, 2021, notified OSP investigators they identified the deceased child.

The deceased was identified as Haley Mae Coblentz. She was nine years old at the time of her death. Haley was born in Colorado. She was living with her biological mother and mother's girlfriend in multiple places in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest since 2015. She was not reported as a missing person at the time of her death.

On November 30, 2021, with the assistance of the Detroit FBI, OSP Investigators located Haley's mother, 29-year-old Shawna Browning, and 34-year-old Lauren Harrison in Detroit, Michigan. Investigators arrested Browning and Harrison and served a search warrant on their vehicle and hotel room.

Browning and Harrison were arrested on a Lincoln County, Oregon warrant and charged with:

Aggravated Murder ORS 163.095 Browning and Harrison were lodged in detention facilities in Wayne County, Michigan, and are being held without bail.

On December 10, 2020, the Oregon State Police recovered the remains of a female child in the forest immediately adjacent to the H.B. Van Duzer Forrest State Scenic Corridor rest area.

Her body was inside a duffle bag that had been concealed in the forest near the rest area. Based on the condition of the remains, little was known about the deceased's race, appearance, or other identifying characteristics. In an attempt to identify the deceased, the Oregon State Police and Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office used a specialty lab to extract DNA information to aid in her identification.

With the assistance of Parabon Nanolabs, investigators now know more identifying details which will hopefully assist in her identification. The following new information is being released:

· Age: 7 – 9

· Eye color: Hazel / Brown

· Hair color: Brown / Black

· Skin color: Light Brown / Fair with no freckles

· Race: She has been identified as mostly Caucasian with some Central American ancestry

· She was wearing a pull-up diaper

The Oregon State Police has been working in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) since the discovery of the child's remains. Over the past six months, detectives have definitively ruled out more than 60 potential missing kids from information provided by NCMEC and tips from the public.

While investigators continue to work in partnership with NCMEC, there is a strong likelihood this child has not been reported missing. Investigators would like the public to know, we are already considering all children listed on the NCMEC website and therefore, there is no need to contact the Oregon State Police to highlight those names.

This child would likely not have been seen since November 2020. If you have any information that might help investigators in identifying this child, please call 800-442-0776 or OSP (677).