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Parkdale, Ore. -- On July 21, 2016, just prior to 7 p.m., the Hood River County Sheriff's Office was notified of the discovery of two deceased bodies off of the Dog River Trail, south of Parkdale. The trail is accessed off of the east side of Highway 35 in the Mount Hood National Forest.
Investigators were able to determine that the bodies were those of John K. Wood and Jason A. Wood of Kentucky. On September 5, 2014, the Oregon State Police had initiated a missing person's investigation for the two men after their vehicle was found unattended on Highway 35, north of the Dog River Trailhead. The Sheriff's Office initiated a search operation at that time but was unable to locate the duo.
On July 21, 2016, workers with the US Forest Service had been in the area conducting a survey when they discovered the bodies of the two men. Investigators from the Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and US Forest Service completed their analysis of the scene on July 22, 2016 and were able to positively identify the bodies of the missing men. The investigation is ongoing; however evidence at the scene indicates that the men died as a result of a murder/suicide.
Investigators from the three agencies continue to work on the case in collaboration with the Hood River County District Attorney's Office, the Hood River County Medical Examiner and Kentucky authorities.
HOOD RIVER, ORE - The Hood River County Sheriff's Office will be increasing patrols for impaired drivers for the Independence Day weekend starting July 1st to July 4th. The increased patrols are funded through the NHTSA national campaign that gives grant funding for DUII patrols during traditionally high volume traffic periods. Please use caution on the roadways this holiday. If you suspect someone of being an impaired driver please call 911 and report it.