Police say a fatal shooting off Alfalfa Market Road east of Bend Thursday may have been accidental. They are looking for a specific person or vehicle that may have been near the scene.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a reported shooting on Bureau of Land Management land near Milepost 4 on Alfalfa Market Road near the Mayfield Pond around 2:00 p.m. Thursday,
Deputies and Bend Fire and Rescue arrived to find the body of a man identified as Neil Martell, 53, of Bend.
DCSO said Friday that the case is being investigated as an accidental shooting.
Deputies are also looking for a white man in his 30s seen driving a smaller, white SUV or crossover that was seen in the area of the shooting. The vehicle was described as being less than 10 years old.
Additionally, detectives are looking for anyone with video from any residents in the area who may have security cameras pointed at the roadway. They are looking for video of vehicle traffic after 1:00 p.m. Thursday. Specifically, they are looking for traffic on
- Neff Road between the Bend city limits and Powell Butte Highway
- Alfalfa Market Road between Powell Butte Highway and the Alfalfa store
Anyone with information is asked to call the non-emergency dispatch number at 541-693-6911 and ask to speak with a detective.