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Update to Investigation of Human Remains Located Northeast of Bend; Remains Identified (Photo) - 11/13/19

Updated November 13, 2019 at 9:00 am by Sgt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer

Detectives have been able to positively identify the human remains located on November 7th as belonging to 57 year old Anita C. Presley.  Her next of kin has been notified.  The Medical Examiner will likely list the cause of death in this case as "undetermined", however no foul play is suspected in her death.

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Updated November 8, 2019 at 3:15pm by Sgt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer

Detectives with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) have been actively working this case since yesterday.  Today, nineteen DCSO Search and Rescue volunteers assisted with an extensive grid search of the area where the remains were located.  Based on the results of the investigation up to this point, an autopsy is not planned and no foul play is suspected in this death.  Detectives are still working to positively identify the remains and locate a next of kin.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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Released by: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: November 7, 2019


On November 7, 2019, at approximately 3:19 pm, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) were dispatched to a report of human remains that had been discovered in an open field in the 21000 Block of Butler Market Road.  An employee of the property owner discovered the human remains while checking the field in preparation for upcoming disc work to the property. 

Deputies and DCSO detectives arrived at the location and confirmed the discovery of decomposed human remains, likely belonging to that of an adult female.  Deputies and detectives worked throughout the afternoon, assisted by the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, Deschutes County Medical Examiner, and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab, to document, collect evidence, and recover the human remains.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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