Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office detectives suspect foul play is involved after finding human remains Sunday about six miles west of Sunriver.
An autopsy performed Tuesday morning identified the body as that of a white man between the ages of 18 and 40.
According to Sgt. William Bailey, deputies were dispatched to Deschutes National Forest land just before noon Sunday after a camper reported finding a possible decomposed body alongside a forest service road near Wake Butte.
Upon arrival, deputies confirmed it was human remains. Bailey told Central Oregon Daily the body was badly decomposed and had been there for “months.”
The Oregon State Police crime lab was called to the scene to help with the investigation and an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, Bailey said.
Sheriff’s detectives are working with the state Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the identity and cause of death. No further information was provided by the sheriff’s office.