CANNON BEACH, Ore. – A murder warrant was issued for missing Goldendale mom Jessica Smith after an autopsy showed her toddler Isabella's death was a homicide.

On Friday morning, a housekeeper at the Surfsand Resort in Cannon Beach discovered a 2-year-old girl dead and 13-year-old girl critically cut inside a hotel room, according to Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn.

Police are still searching for the mother, 40-year-old Jessica Smith of Goldendale, Washington, and the SUV she was driving.

According to the Oregonian, the attorney for Jessica Smith's husband said Friday was the day Smith was court-ordered to turn her children over to their father, Gregory Smith, who she was separated from.

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Jessica was named a person of interest in connection with the incident.

On Sunday, an autopsy revealed the toddler, whose name was Isabella Smith, died in a homicide. Police were still waiting on the results of a toxicology report.

Police are searching for a Washington mom after her 2-year-old daughter was found dead and her 13-year-old daughter was found critically injured in an Oregon hotel room. Police want to make sure the mom, Jessica Smith, is safe. VPC

Schemerhorn said a murder warrant was issued for the arrest of Jessica Smith.

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