Remains Found East Of John Day Dam

Human remains discovered over the weekend in remote Klickitat County rangeland about two miles east of John Day Dam have been tentatively identified as those of a man from The Dalles reported as missing over two years ago.  According to a statement from Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer, the remains were discovered by a hiker on Saturday afternoon, and are believed to be those of Matthew J. Palmer, who was 26-years-old when he was reported as missing to The Dalles Police in February of 2020.  A forensic pathologist will further examine the remains at the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the official cause and manner of death are pending, but it does not appear the death was the result of homicidal violence.  The investigation is ongoing.

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