Human Remains Located at Oregon Park
The owners of a Port Orford, Ore., RV park where human remains were discovered Monday (March 11) say they’re baffled as to how a body got there, the Bandon Western World reported.
Anchor Inn RV Park owner Craig Lundberg, who’s owned the park for about a year with his wife Malinda, said that whatever occurred probably happened before they owned the complex.
“This happened long before we got here,” Lundberg said Tuesday afternoon. “Whatever happened probably happened in the last five years, but we’re just not sure what happened or when.”
Police officers investigating the human remains uncovered said they are treating the scene as if it were a homicide as a precaution.
Oregon State Police Sgt. Andy Kenyon said Tuesday afternoon that there is “no indication of foul play” at the scene, but it is standard procedure to treat an investigation of this type as if it were a homicide until that possibility is ruled out.
The cause of death will be determined after a medical examiner conducts an autopsy and determines whether a criminal investigation needs to take place.
Kenyon said a reconstructionist also would use equipment, including lasers, to help police create a “to-scale diagram of the scene” for future use in the investigation.
Maintenance workers found a human skull underneath a trailer around 1 p.m. Monday after it was moved at the RV park. More remains were discovered Tuesday as officers continued to investigate the scene.
The additional remains appeared to be in a sleeping bag.
Port Orford Police Chief Marvin Combs said the discovery set off a death investigation that involved officers from his department, Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police.
Lundberg was unwilling to comment on the investigation, saying he didn’t feel he had enough information to say anything, but he did confirm that Oregon State Police were “sifting through everything” and that he doesn’t believe it was a homicide.
“But I think I’ll just wait for the experts on that,” he said. “I know they’re working on it and everything will come out in the wash.”
He and his wife live at the RV park located about a half block off U.S. Highway 101 within the city limits of Port Orford, located on Oregon’s southern coast. They have been remodeling and revamping it over the last year to turn it into a 55-and-older park.
“I heard it was pretty wild here before we owned it,” Lundberg said. “But I don’t think they’ll know for a while what happened and I’m sure it was before we got here. But by the same token, we have to deal with it now.”