Public safety — Forensics lab determines victim is male and age 20 to 30 at time of death

The body found by two kayakers April 19 at Roger’s Landing remains unidentified, but the Oregon State Police forensics laboratory conducted a preliminary examination of the body and was able to release a partial description last week.

The victim is male, between the ages of 20 and 30, the report found. He is possibly Hispanic or mixed Caucasian and Hispanic descent, approximately 5 feet 6 inches and has been deceased for six to 24 months. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

The body was initially believed to be a person who jumped off a Salem bridge recently, but after further examination the timeline no longer fits. Capt. Tim Svenson of the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office said they might be able to partner with local agencies to determine an identity, now that a preliminary description has been released.

“It’s possible during the winter months (the body) came all the way from Benton County,” Svenson said.

The YSCO asks that anyone with information that may lead to identification of the subject call 1-503-434-7506.

The investigation is ongoing.

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