By NR Staff • 

Bodies found in landfill, river

Yamhill County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Svenson said the body was female. He said, “Preliminary information showed it may have been loaded on a truck coming out of the Salem area.”

Deputies were waiting for investigators from Salem to arrive to conduct crime-scene processing, Svenson said. At this point, he said, “We don’t have any ID.”

The discovery followed the findings of a body tangled in Willamette River debris about two or three miles down from the Wheatland Ferry crossing. Svenson said a father and daughter on a kayak outing spotted the body while walking along a sandbar.

The badly decomposed body was transported to the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Clackamas, which said it had probably been in the water for more than six months. The gender could not immediately be determined.

Neighboring law enforcement agencies have been contacted by the sheriff’s office regarding any missing person reports that might fit. Svenson said nothing had turned up so far.

The Newberg Fire Department Dive Rescue Team joined three sheriff’s deputies and a detective in recovery of the remains.

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