A popular and respected autism advocate, Jeana Beck, has been found dead. She was officially found dead on November 17th, outside of a hotel room in Oregon. Beck was the founder of the group, Unlocking Autism.
The circumstances surrounding Beck’s death remain extremely mysterious, according to an article in the East Oregonian. Beck was first reported missing by her 23-year-old son, Jacob Beck, when she failed to return from a smoking break outside of their motel room at the Rodeway Inn in Lincoln City. At approximately 9:40 PM, Beck’s body was found deceased in a nearby canal, located just behind the Rodeway Inn.
Adding to the strange circumstances was the fact that Beck had no immediate signs of bruising or struggle.
Her son, Smith, is diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Beck was popular and appreciated by many for co-founding the nonprofit Unlocking Autism. Beck, who is also a realtor by trade, raised money for gifts and a visit from Santa for West Park Elementary school last year. She was known to raise money frequently, allowing children to attend zoos and aquariums.
Smith posted on Facebook that his mother was “one of the most precious things in my whole life.”
“She was the person responsible for making me the compassionate and helpful person I am now and I really appreciate it,” he continued.
Jesse Smith, Beck’s other son, wrote, “my mother, my best friend, my provider, my protector, my greatest advice giver, my greatest adventure buddy, and most importantly, in this crazy life, my constant.”
No motive for the senseless crime has been established as of yet. An investigation is currently ongoing.