PROSPECT, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said on Thursday that the months-long search for missing Texas man Kirk Jones is now at an end. Remains found in the Sky Lakes Wilderness over the weekend are now confirmed to be his body.
The search the 35-year-old Jones has been a mystery since the very beginning, when the Texas man's motorcycle was inexplicably discovered near Prospect in June. His family in San Antonio had seen him just days before his disappearance, and said that he hadn't shared any plans for traveling to Oregon — nor did he know anyone in the area.
Search and rescue (SAR) teams scoured the areas around Prospect and where Jones' bike was discovered, with no sign.
Ultimately, the Sheriff's Office said, Jones' body was discovered by bow hunters deep within the Sky Lakes Wilderness Area on Saturday. Due to the remote location and rough terrain, the SAR team "short-hauled" in a deputy medical examiner detective into the area via helicopter to find Jones' body.
Along with the body was Jones' motorcycle helmet, jacket, and backpack. The location was on a ridgeline about 1.5 miles east/northeast of where Jones' bike was found on June 13.
A positive scientific identification confirmed that the body was Jones' on Thursday. According to the Oregon State Police forensic pathologist, his cause and manner of death is undetermined. However, foul play is not suspected.