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Skeletal Remains Found In Deschutes River

Local authorities are asking the public’s help in identifying skeletal remains found in the Deschutes River in northwest Bend.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, Bend Police received a report of skeletal remains in the Deschutes River north of Archie Briggs Road.

Officers responded and learned that a juvenile had been swimming in the river when she found what appeared to be human bones underwater. Officers recovered the remains, then contacted Bend Police detectives and the state medical examiner’s office, which confirmed the remains were human.

On Sunday, Aug. 28, the Deschutes County Search & Rescue dive team searched the area of the Deschutes River and located additional human bones. The remains are believed to be from one individual, likely an adult. They are believed to have been in the water for more than a year.

The skeletal remains have been taken to the state medical examiner’s office for possible DNA identification, but no identification has yet been made.

Bend Police are asking for the public’s help. If you have information about a missing person, you are asked to call the nonemergency dispatch line at 541-693-6911.

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