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Oregon State Police Issue Update on Human Remains Found Near Interstate 5

Oregon State Police

Marion County – There is an active forensic investigation underway and efforts are being made to identify this person. Ancestry has not been determined, nor has the length of time that elapsed prior to the discovery.  Analysis and examination is ongoing, including possible genetic testing. 

Human remains will never be released to a museum or historical society.  Once the investigation is concluded and based on those conclusions, this individual’s remains will be respectfully returned to the appropriate party (ies). 


On Monday, November 21, 2022, at approximately 9:18 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a suspicious object found by Oregon Department of Corrections cleanup crew on northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 260.

OSP Troopers with the Salem Area Command took possession of a small backpack that contained a human skull. 

The skull was transported to the  Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office who will continue to investigate the identity of the skull. The skull had no identifiable features but was most likely that of a female in her late 30’s to 40’s. 

No further information is available at this time.

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