Former Pendleton Teen That Drowned In March Identified Through DNA
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) - A body that washed onto a Lincoln City Beach last month has been positively identified as Ross Barfuss, the Aloha teen originally from Pendleton who drowned while trying to rescue an 11-year-old boy at Gleneden Beach on March 8.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner's office made the identification with the aid of dna samples taken from relatives of the missing 16-year-old.
Barfuss was at the beach with his family when he spotted River Jenison struggling in the surf and tried to help.
Another rescuer pulled Jenison from the waves, but the boy later died at a hospital.