Remains discovered in south county

Linn County Sheriff’s officials are working to identify human remains found last week off in the Upper Calapooia area near Holley.

County Sheriff Jim Yon said his office received a call at 4:58 p.m. Monday, April 6, regarding the discovery, in the 41000 block of Upper Calapooia Drive.

The remains were located by hikers approximately a mile from Upper Calapooia Drive in a very densely forested area on Chandler Mountain.

“They came across some bones (that) have obviously been up there awhile,” Yon told The New Era.

Weyerhaeuser assisted the investigation by clearing an overgrown road to make access to the area easier.

“We have tentatively identified the remains connected with a 2011 missing persons case,” Yon said. “We are working with the State Medical Examiner’s Office to confirm (with DNA and lab testing) the identity and cause of death. There is no further information at this point.”

A Sweet Home man, Mark Hardin, 49, disappeared Aug. 5, 2011 in the Upper Calapooia area, where his vehicle was found Aug. 7. Sheriff’s deputies located the car in the Upper Calapooia area near Holley and searched around the 90 and 100 lines for a week before discontinuing the effort.

Linn County Search and Rescue assisted with the investigation following the discovery of the remains.

The discovery was the second of what is believed to be human remains in Linn County within the past week.