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Man found dead from gunshot wounds on side of road near Matheny Road and Wheatland Road

Marion County sheriffs are investigating a homicide after finding a Salem man dead in rural Gervais on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Deputies responded to reports of an unconscious man located on the side of the road near the area of Matheny Road Northeast and Wheatland Road Northeast at 6:30 p.m.

After deputies and medics confirmed the man was dead, an autopsy was performed on Oct. 4 and determined that he had died via homicide caused by gunshot wounds.

The victim was identified as Francisco Javier Hernandez-Melo, 28, of Salem.

Detectives are continuing to follow investigative leads and are asking anyone with information to contact the Marion County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-540-8079 or to submit a tip using the MCSOIntheKnow app.

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