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Updated: Human remains found off Gordon Road, east of SH


April 8, 2020

Detectives search for clues over the weekend after human remains were discovered Friday on a U.S. Forest Service road east of Sweet Home.

Linn County detectives and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office have tentatively identified remains found near Gordon Road as belonging to a white female between the ages of 30 and 50 years old at the time of death, according to Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm..

The female is believed to have had short wavy brown hair, Timm said in a statement on Wednesday, April 8.

Human remains were found in an area off Gordon Road, 13 miles east of Sweet Home, Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon said Monday.

Yon said the Sheriff's Office received a call at 1:37 p.m. Friday April 3, regarding possible human remains found on U.S. Forest Service road 417, approximately five miles up Gordon Road.

Linn County deputies were taken to the area by the caller and they secured the scene.

INVESTIGATORS search for clues after human remains were found Friday about 13 miles east of Sweet Home on a U.S. Forest Service road.

Yon said an investigation confirmed the remains were human. Investigators and members of Linn County Search and Rescue worked the scene through Sunday evening.

"At this time, we have limited information on the deceased individual and will be working with the State Medical Examiner's Office to discover cause of death and the identity of the individual," Yon said Monday. "We are hoping this week to confirm the sex."

He indicated he wasn't sure how long it would take to get more information.

Investigators are continuing work to make a positive identification and cause of death. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Colin Pyle at (541) 967-3950.

Update: This story has been updated to include the tentative identification of sex of the human remains.


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