Human Remains Located Six Miles West of Sunriver on National Forest Land; Investigation Underway

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office

On July 28, 2019, at approximately 11:55am, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Deschutes National Forest land approximately 6 miles west of Sunriver after a camper in the area reporting possibly finding a decomposed body.  Arriving deputies did locate and confirm human remains alongside a forest road.  The Oregon State Police Crime Lab was called out to the scene to assist with the investigation and recovery of evidence. 

An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow, July 30th, 2019.  Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office detectives are working with the State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine identity and cause/manner of death.  Detectives do believe foul play occurred in this case.  The investigation is active and ongoing and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey – Public Information Officer
Release Date: July 29, 2019
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