Sheriff’s Office getting help in ID’ing remains found east of SH

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its attempt to identify two sets of human remains found in the past three weeks near Sweet Home.

The first, a set of remains belonging to a white female between the ages of 30 and 50, were found on April 3 off Forest Road 417 about five miles off Highway 20 along Gordon Road, east of Sweet Home.

“We’ve found a lab in Florida that will do some DNA testing for us,” said Sheriff Jim Yon. The remains have not been sent to the lab yet, but he said he is hoping to have results within eight to 10 weeks after they arrive.

Instead of waiting for a 12 months, he said, he is hoping to have the testing complete in two months.

The state medical examiner is continuing to investigate remains found on Chandler Maountain, about a mile from the 41000 block of Upper Calapooia Drive on April 6.

The Sheriff’s Office tentatively has tied the Calapooia remains to a 2011 missing persons case in that area.

If the DNA testing is going to take 12 months at the state lab, Yon said, then the Sheriff’s Office will look for alternatives, such as the lab in Florida.