The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has identified the human remains found just north of Bend this week as 35-year-old Charles F. Shepard of Bend.
No foul play is suspected in Shepard’s death. No additional information about a cause of death was released.
According to Sgt. William Bailey, deputies were dispatched Sunday at 10:45 a.m. to a report of human remains located near the intersection of Hwy. 20 West and Robal Road. An individual walking their dog on private property between Hwy 20 and OB Riley Road made the discovery and reported it to 911.
Bailey said deputies and DCSO detectives arrived at the location and confirmed the discovery of decomposed human remains and said they likely belonging to that of an adult male.
Deputies and detectives worked throughout the afternoon Sunday, assisted by the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, Deschutes County Medical Examiner, and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab, to document, collect evidence, and recover the human remains for autopsy.
An autopsy Tuesday helped investigators positively identify Shepard.
Bailey said Shepard was last seen on July 1st and was a resident of a Bend motel.