MISSION, Oregon – Search and rescue teams from Umatilla, Union, and Walla Walla counties joined with Umatilla Tribal Police Saturday and spent 12 hours combing a remote area on private land on the Umatilla Indian Reservation where skeletal remains were found last month. Umatilla County Sheriff Terry Rowan said the volunteers for search and rescue were happy to help.
“Twenty-five of our volunteers went up there and worked for about 12 hours scouring the hillside,” he said. “This area has a very steep grade to it and so (it’s) very rugged terrain.”
The search turned up a single bone which is thought to be from a human. The group had some help from canines as well.
“A previous search and rescue volunteer from Umatilla County who has moved away has a couple of cadaver dogs that were able to also get out in the area,” Rowan said.
The bone will be tested to determine its origin and if it came from the remains found earlier. Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Director of Communications Chuck Sams said that he had no new information to release about the ongoing investigation into the remains.