Bulletin Staff Report

Police are investigating a third body found in five months in Deschutes County.

Detectives on Thursday began an investigation into human remains found in a vacant field in the 21000 block of Butler Market Road near the Deschutes National Forest administration building.

No autopsy is planned and no foul play is suspected, according to a release by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities have yet to identify the person or notify relatives.

An employee of the property owner discovered the remains at about 3:19 p.m. while preparing the property for upcoming development, according to the sheriff’s office.

Investigators determined the decomposed remains are likely those of a woman.

Authorities spent the rest of the afternoon gathering evidence and recovering the remains. Nineteen volunteers with the sheriff’s Search and Rescue assisted by searching the area in a grid pattern.

The remains of Charles F. Shepard, 35, of Bend, were discovered near the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Robal Road north of Bend on Sept. 15. No foul play is suspected in his death,

The body of 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.