PENDLETON, Ore.-- The U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office have confirmed that the human remains found by hikers on the Umatilla National Forest in July of 2011 are those of a young man who went missing in 1981.
The remains are those of 21 year old Keith Zunke who went missing on October 26, 1981 during a fieldtrip from Stonecreek Lodge. Stonecreek Lodge, which has since closed, was based in Walla Walla. The discovery of human remains last year began a thorough investigation to ensure the area was not a Native American burial site.
Because the remains were incomplete, a cause of death cannot be determined.