The skeletal remains found in Deschutes River Woods earlier this month have been identified as Chase M. Hove, a Bend man who went missing in 2017, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives discovered a gun with the remains and the death is being investigated as a suicide.
“Suicide is a devastating public health issue. It’s important to remember that suicide is a very complicated act and that no single thing causes someone to die by suicide,” said Whitney Schumacher, Deschutes County’s Suicide Prevention Coordinator. “We all can help prevent suicide in Central Oregon. Make sure people you love know about available suicide prevention resources.”
If you or someone you love is thinking about suicide, please call the Deschutes County Crisis Line at 541-322-7500 Option 9. You can also call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Central Oregon Suicide Prevention resources are available at: www.preventsuicideco.org/local-resources/.
Hove was reported missing to Bend Police on June 5th, 2017 when he was 27-years-old.
Investigators at the time said they believed Hove may have traveled to southwest Deschutes County, specifically around Cascade Lakes Highway. His car, a white 2014 Chevy Cruze was found shortly after he went missing.
His remains were found by a hiker February 17th in the woods off west of Highway 97 near the weigh station between Bend and Sunriver.