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Remains Found In Sweet Water, OR Could Be Those Of 2011 Missing Persons

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On Monday, April 6 2020, hikers came across human remains in a wooded area of Sweet Home, Oregon.  Now The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify them. They believe the remains may be connected to a 2011 missing persons case, but did not comment further. This marks the second body found this month.

The discovery was made  on Weyerhaeuser property in the 41000 block of Upper Calapooia Drive. Weyerhaeuser is a lumber company that was originally founded in 1900.  The company aided in clearing the overgrown road, allowing  deputies and search teams easier access to recover the remains.

Second Body Found In Sweet Home

Only three days earlier, remains were found around the same area. On Wednesday they were tentatively identified as a white female between 3o and 50 years old. She is believed to have had short brown hair.

The state medical examiners office is working to identify the cause of both deaths.  It may have up to 18 months, Sheriffs say.

Oregon has 208 people as of 2011, according to NamUs. Four of them were last seen in Sweet Home.

Four Missing Persons from Sweet Home, Oregon


Mark Hardin was 49  years old when he was last seen by his wife on August 5, 2011. He was staying in a tent on his property and left in his 1997 Chevrolet Lumina. The vehicle was later found in the woods of Linn County, with his cell phone and keys inside.

Case Photo of Mark Hardin 2011 Missing Person
22 Year old Shawna Chavez was known to hitchhike and last seen on March 23, 2001. Today she would be 41 years old.

Photo of Missing Person Shawna Chavez 22 Years Old

Leroy Henderson, 49, was last spoken to on October 2, 2008.

Photo of Missing Perons Leroy Henderson

Harvey Reeser, 80, was fishing at Green Peter in his 8 foot aluminum boat but never returned home. His personal belongings were later found in the boat. Harvey is believed to have drowned but has not been recovered. No Photo of Harvey is available.

Case Ravel will provide an update if one becomes available

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