OSP: Body found near Keno tentatively ID'ed as missing man

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- A body found along a forested road in southern Oregon has been tentatively identified as a man who was reported missing last year.

According to Oregon State Police, a former member of a search and rescue team was walking along Clover Creek Road Wednesday when he found the body of a deceased man in the forested area nearby.

After getting a call about the discovery, local police dispatched the state Criminal Investigation Division, Klamath County Sheriff's Office and the Klamath County DA's office to the scene.

Officials have tentatively identified the body as Robert Lear, 39, a Klamath Falls man who has been missing since December.

The state medical examiner has yet to conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death and confirm the identity.

Early in December, Lear and his family were moving from Klamath Falls to Seattle.

Lear was supposed to have left Klamath Falls on Dec.12 in his silver Volkswagen station wagon to meet his family at their new home.

Lear's family reported him missing to the state police on Thursday, nine days after they had last heard from him.

Investigators said that they found Lear's station wagon abandoned on a wooded road about 8 miles north of Keno in Klamath County in later that month.

Police received a tip on Sunday that lead them to Lear's station wagon, which was found abandoned on a spur road of Clover Creek Road in the wilderness of Klamath County, nearby where the body was found.

A Search and Rescue crew of 6 people (4 on snowshoes, 2 K9 handlers) spent Monday searching the wilderness, state police said. Officials said that they will decide on whether or not to continue the search Monday night.

If you have any information that may be helpful in locating Lear, police ask that you contact Detective Dennis Yaws or Sergeant Bob Fenner at OSP's Klamath Falls Area Command office at (541) 883-5713.