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Skeletonized Remains Found Alongside Ashland Railroad Tracks (Photo) - 11/24/21

UPDATE 11/24/2021:

The decedent was Brian Lee Grodzik, 64, of Akron, Ohio. We are still trying to locate next of kin. If anyone has any information, please call the JCSO Tip Line at (541) 774-8333 and reference case #21-6087.

Original News Release 11/18/2021:

JCSO Case #21-6087

ASHLAND, Ore. – A mushroom hunter discovered the skeletonized remains of a deceased male approximately 65-years-old near the greenway bike path in Ashland Thursday morning. The body was found alongside the railroad tracks near the Mountain View Cemetery. There are no immediate indications of suspicious circumstances. 

At 9:52 a.m. Ashland Fire & Rescue along with the Ashland Police Department responded to the scene and initiated a death investigation. The body was located within Jackson County jurisdiction so Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies and Medical Examiner detectives responded to take over the investigation. 

The body was in an advanced stage of decomposition and there are no apparent suspicious circumstances, although investigations are ongoing by JCSO ME detectives. An Oregon State Police forensic pathologist will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. The name of the decedent will be released pending next of kin notification. There is no further information available at this time.


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