Body Discovery Near Chemult Triggers Crime Team Activation

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Sun, September 22 2013 at 2:51 PM, Updated: Sun, September 22 2013 at 2:59 PM

The discovery of a body this morning in a remote area north of Chemult has triggered activation of the Klamath County Major Crime Team.

The body was discovered shortly before 8:00 Sunday morning about 4 miles off of Highway 97 in the Walker Mountain area.

"We received information that there was an abandoned car that had been burned out, along a road."  Said Michael Swanson, Klamath County Deputy District Attorney.  "A hunter had found it while he was out hunting.  We did activate the Major Crime Team to investigate the circumstances surrounding it."

Investigators aren't releasing any information about the victim, or how long the body may have been there.

Investigators weren't letting media near the area where the body was found, until the scene can be processed by Oregon State Police for clues.

Deputy District Attorney Swanson notes it's still unclear if it's a death investigation, or a homicide investigation...

"The investigation will probably determine which route we go.  At this time, we don't have enough information, and that's exactly why we need to activate the Major Crime Team, and we anticipate the Oregon State Crime Lab coming over, and beginning some of the forensic information."

The investigation is still in the early stages, and police would like to hear from those with any information.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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