Linn County remains ID’d as man missing since 2011


'No evidence of foul play' determined

Human remains were found in rural, rugged Linn County on April 3, 2020 (Linn County Sheriff’s Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Human remains found in April in a remote area of Linn County have been positively identified as a man who went missing in 2011.

DNA tests confirmed the remains are those of Mark Hardin, who lived in Linn County and was reported missing 9 years ago.

In April, a caller led deputies to the area on US Forest Service Road 417, a remote area of the Upper Calapooia, officials said, about 5 miles up Gordon Road, 13 miles east of Sweet Home.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office said there is “no evidence of foul play” but did not reveal a cause of death.

No further information is available at this time.

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