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Human Remains Found Near Highway 204 in Umatilla County

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UPDATE/UMATILLA COUNTY, OR - Loggers have found human remains scattered near a Blue Mountains recreation area where an Eastern Oregon teenager went missing nine years ago.

Loggers found the skeletal remains Monday off a road near Harris Park, which is owned by Umatilla County. It's about 14 miles southeast of Milton-Freewater.

A Jeep Cherokee belonging to 19-year-old Byron Fusselman of Milton-Freewater was found in the park's lot in November 2005, and the area was searched. Authorities said at the time he wasn't dressed for the freezing temperatures. 

A state crime lab scientist determined the remains were those of a male. Sheriff Terry Rowan says there was no immediate indication how long the remains had been there. State medical examiners are investigating.

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UMATILLA COUNTY, OR - The Umatilla County Sheriff's Office is investigating human remains found near Highway 204 this week. 

Around 12:45 p.m. on Monday, the sheriff's office got a call from a logging company working in the area off of Lincton Mountain Road, near Highway 204. The logging company reported finding what they believed were human remains that had been in the area for awhile. 

Deputies looked around the area and found what looked like skeletal remains. The State Medical Examiner's Office was called out to the scene and starting collecting the remains. The remains were scattered out around a 50 yard radius. 

On Tuesday, a Forensic Scientist from the Oregon State Police Crime lab confirmed the skeletal remains were that of a man. 

Deputies responded back to the area off of Lincton Mountain Road, with Oregon State Police Forensics, and Umatilla County Search and Rescue aided by Walla Walla County Search and Rescue, and performed a more extensive search of the area. 

More remains were recovered and sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Portland for further examination.
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