PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Human remains were found near Chinook Landing Marine Park in Fairview Monday night, but the identity of the person has not yet been determined.
Multnomah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brandon White said they got a call Monday night about the discovery.
Darkness fell and they secured the area until investigators could take a look during the daylight hours of Tuesday.
“Generally, the area is near Chinook Landing and Blue Lake Park in the area of Marine Drive and 223rd” but not near the road, White told KOIN 6 News. “That area has also been known for homeless to use as a campsite, so another factor that goes into the investigation is, you know, who frequents this area, who’s been in the area recently and issues like that.”
Deputies said it’s unclear how long the remains had been at the location, whether they belonged to a male or female or if any crime was committed.
The remains were transferred to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday morning, he said, and investigators stayed to canvas the area. They also returned Wednesday for another look, he said.
“Once we find out who it is then we can start tracing back to when this person went missing or when the last time someone saw this person,” White said. “We’re also checking the area to see if there’s any clues or any evidence left behind to give us an idea of what happened and why this was this person’s last resting place.”
He declined to provide information about what clues may have been found at the scene other than to say ” some articles were found nearby.”
The medical examiner will provide a timeline on how long these remains have been at the scene. White said investigators don’t know yet how long they’ve been there, but said it had been “a while.”
‘A little creepy’
Marilyn Hill, who lives nearby, said the area is usually quiet but some homeless camps have popped up.
“The police have taken a couple of homeless camps out,” she said. “This has been a really quiet neighborhood so I wouldn’t expect to see any kind of crime.”
She said she hopes the person identity and cause of death are both known soon. “That will put everyone’s mind either at ease or more on edge, depending on what they determine.”
Hill said the incident has been “a little creepy, a little creepy. But I’m sure police will get it all sorted out.”
KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.