Bones found along SW Portland hiking trail, police open death investigation

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Hikers found what appear to be human bones off of a trail in the River View Natural Area on Sunday afternoon, Portland Police said.

The hikers called police after finding some bones on a trail along Macadam Avenue near the Sellwood Bridge.

They led police to the remains. The Oregon State Medical Examiner and homicide detectives were called out to conduct a death investigation.

One officer tells KATU News a gun was found near the body, but it's unclear if both are connected.

At this point, police aren’t sure of any identifying characteristics of the remains. They are also working to find a cause of death.

Alyssa Hill and her husband live in the are and they say they hike the trails in the River View natural Area at least twice a week.

"A lot of people walking their dogs, a lot of college kids cutting through to their houses and campus and stuff," said Hill. "It's just kind of disconcerting. We usually consider this neighborhood to be very safe. There's a lot of kids, obviously, college kids and I'm surprised to hear it."

The hiking trail is back open to the public.

This is a developing story; updates will be posted as information comes in.

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