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Body of a male found decomposing in creek near St. Helens High School; body submitted for autopsy

St. Helens Police Department officers are investigating the discovery of a body in McNulty Creek on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

SHPD responded to the scene just prior to 2 p.m. near Firlok Park Boulevard and Highway 30 after two high school students found the severely decomposed body.

St. Helens Police Officer Seann Luedke said the body is that of a white male between his mid 30s and 50s. It was estimated to have been in the area for about a month.

Luedke noted that the body has been submitted to the Oregon State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

He said the students discovered the body and then went to St. Helens High School, where they reported it.

When officers first arrived, they noted the body was severely decomposed and had no identifiable markers, recognizable facial features or any type of ID, Luedke explained.

There were no immediate signs of foul play, but Luedke said the investigation is ongoing.

Officers are asking for anyone with information related to the case, or information about a missing person, to contact the police department at 503-397-1521.

SHPD is being assisted

by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office in the investigation.

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