Red and yellow flags dotted the south shoulder of U.S. Highway 20, and signs warned of an “incident ahead” as police milled around a body discovered in the brush just east of Hamby Road Sunday afternoon.
Yellow police tape encircled an area just off the highway where the body was located. Police would not say who found the body, but search and rescue teams had been scouring the area. Though police have not identified the remains, the discovery was made less than a week after authorities began searching for Pivoyne Castro-Luna, 42, who hasn’t been heard from since March 9.
Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty was at the scene Sunday along with more than a dozen law enforcement officers from Bend Police, Oregon State Police and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
Castro-Luna was reported missing March 10.
She was last seen with Honorio De Horta-Frias, 40, according to authorities. De Horta-Frias has not been named as a suspect in her disappearance, but law enforcement would like to talk to him.
Bend Police believe De Horta-Frias left the Bend area and may be headed south, according to Lt. Nick Parker. They are working with law enforcement from jurisdictions in Southern Oregon and into California to try to locate De Horta-Frias.
“He is still outstanding,” Parker said. “But we have located the truck, and it is no longer of interest.”
Police believed De Horta-Frias was driving a 2003 white Toyota Tacoma pickup. Parker would not say where the pickup was located, but he said authorities are still interested in locating and interviewing De Horta-Frias.
Officers obtained a search warrant earlier this week to look for evidence in De Horta-Frias’ motor home, which was found on Janelee Place near Copperfield Avenue.
De Horta-Frias is male, approximately 5 feet 5 inches and 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone who has information about the case is asked to contact the Bend Police Department at 541-693-6911.
Parker said more information should be available today after next of kin has been identified.
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