Human Remains Located off China Hat Road; South of Bend

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office

On August 3, 2020, at approximately 9:30 am, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) were dispatched to a report of human remains that had been located on U.S. Forest Service land off China Hat Road, south of Bend.  An individual walking a dog in the area made the discovery and reported the information to Deschutes County 911.

Deputies and DCSO detectives arrived at the location and confirmed the remains belong to an adult male. Detectives have worked since then, assisted by the U.S Forest Service and Deschutes County Medical Examiner, to document, collect evidence, and recover the remains. An autopsy is planned in the coming days to determine identity and cause of death.

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, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six 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.
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