Authorities were investigating Monday to identify human remains found near the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Robal Road north of Bend, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators believe the remains are that of a man.
This is the second set of remains found near Bend in recent months. Curtis Fredrick Pagel, 48, was found July 28 on U.S. Forest Service land west of Sunriver. The sheriff’s office is investigating that case.
About 10:45 a.m. Sunday, a person walking a dog on private property between Highway 20 and O.B. Riley Road discovered the new remains and called 911.
Sgt. William Bailey said the sheriff’s office has not determined the identity of the person or the circumstances surrounding the death.
“I don’t think we have ruled any possibilities out at this point,” Bailey said.
An autopsy is scheduled Tuesday.
“That will hopefully help us positively identify the individual and then we can work to find family and notify them,” Bailey said.
The sheriff’s office is being assisted by the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, the Deschutes County Medical Examiner and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab to document, collect evidence and recover the human remains for an autopsy.
Bailey would not say if the remains were found in plain sight. But it does not appear the person was living in the area at the time of death.
“There was not a tent in that location,” Bailey said. “It wasn’t a living situation.”
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