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Nordland, Washington Man Found Dead along I-84 in Pendleton

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PENDLETON, OR - Oregon State Police Troopers say a man found dead in Pendleton along I-84 is a Nordland, Washington man who was making a trip back to Washington from Austin, Texas.

Troopers say that on December 8th, at around 8:54 a.m., they responded to a report of a dead body along I-84 near milepost 209. Pendleton Police also responded.

Officers say they found Neil Schulte, 73 dead near the highway by a fence next to the on-ramp to I-84.

Troopers say Schulte had been driving from Austin to Nordland. His girlfriend reported him missing on Dec. 4th.

On Dec. 3rd, Oregon State Police towed his abandoned car.

The Oregon State Police Pendleton Crime Lab and the Umatilla County Medical Examiner responded to the scene to help in the investigation.  

Right now, the investigation shows that Schulte died of natural causes and they do not suspect any criminal activity.

The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is taking the lead on the investigation with the help of the Travis County Sheriff's Office, The Washington State Patrol and the Pendleton Police Department.