Bulletin Staff Report

State and local authorities are working to identify a person whose remains were found in a burning truck 45 miles southeast of Bend on Friday.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was notified Friday afternoon of a truck fire near Mahogany Butte. U.S. Forest Service crews had extinguished the fire, and a Forest Service law enforcement officer had determined the truck, a 2011 Dodge crew cab pickup, contained human remains. The investigation paused as night fell Friday.

On Saturday, investigators gathered evidence in an attempt to determine the cause of the fire and the identity of the person inside the truck, which had suffered extreme damage. The state medical examiner’s office has been involved in the effort, according to a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office press release. Foul play is not suspected.

— Bulletin staff report

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