GRAND RONDE, Ore. — Detectives from the Oregon State Police are looking for answers after discovering the body of a child on state park lands in Lincoln County earlier this month.
On December 10, investigators were summoned to the H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor — a heavily wooded state park along Highway 18 near the northeastern edge of Lincoln County — for a death investigation.
Due to the terrain, OSP detectives were helped by Search and Rescue members from Lincoln County. Investigators found the remains of a young girl, but she could not be identified.
After looking over the body, the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office estimated that the girl was between 6.5 and 10 years old. She was between 3'10" and 4'6" tall, and had long dark brown or black hair. The child's race or ethnic origin is unknown as of yet, but OSP said that DNA analysis is underway.
"Due to the condition of the remains she had likely been deceased at least 30 days before she was discovered," OSP said.
Anyone with information that could help identify the child is asked to call 800-442-0776 or *OSP (*677).