Vancouver Police missing person case closed after remains positively identified

Ashanti Conde was last seen alive on February 22, 2018, in the area of Brush Prairie.
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Ashanti Conde was last seen alive on February 22, 2018, in the area of Brush Prairie

VANCOUVER – On March 11, 2018, the Vancouver Police Department took a report of a missing person, Ashanti A. Conde.  Conde’s family reported they had not seen her for a few weeks. Through the course of the Vancouver Police Department investigation, it was determined that Ashanti Conde was last seen alive on February 22, 2018, in the area of Brush Prairie, with a subject identified as Michael Conley. Michael Conley was reported missing on February 27, 2018.

Conley and Conde left the Brush Prairie area on the evening of February 22, 2018, in a Cadillac sedan. This was the last time they were seen alive. According to Skamania County Sheriff’s Office reports, witnesses observed the Cadillac sedan crashed in a rural area in Skamania County just north of the Dougan Falls area on February 24, 2018; at this time, the vehicle was covered in snow; however, no one appeared to be in the vehicle. 

On March 9, 2018, Michael Conley’s body was recovered near the Cadillac sedan with no signs of foul play observed. Clark County Search and Rescue conducted a search of the area around the vehicle; Conde’s remains were not located at that time. 

Multiple tips were received throughout the investigation that proved fruitless and multiple searches were conducted in a variety of locations throughout Southwest Washington. 

On September 26, 2021, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and other teams, searched the area again around where the Cadillac sedan was recovered. During this search, human remains were located in a very rugged, and steep area near the sedan location. The remains were sent to a private lab for positive identification.

On March 31, 2022, Vancouver Police were notified by the lab that the remains were those of Ashanti Conde. With the positive identification and recovery of her remains, the Vancouver Police Department has closed the missing person case on Conde. 

Information related to the death of Conde is being handled by the Skamania County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and Skamania County Coroner’s Office.  

Information provided by Vancouver Police Department.

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