BEND, OR -- Human remains pulled from the Deschutes River in 2022 remain unidentified, despite laboratory testing. Bend Police recovered remains near Archie Briggs Road on August 27, 2022. More bones were found the next day by a Deschutes County Search and Rescue dive team. They are believed to be from one person, likely an adult. Authorities say the remains were probably in the water for more than a year before they were discovered.
Bend Police sent the evidence to the state medical examiner's office for possible DNA identification. On September 21, 2023, BPD learned the bone sample was too degraded with bacteria to establish a DNA profile.
The Deschutes County District Attorney's Office has closed the case until more information is available.