Chemult Body May Be Missing Bend Man

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, September 23 2013 at 3:08 PM, Updated: Mon, September 23 2013 at 3:17 PM

There are still more questions than answers following the discovery of a body near Chemult on Sunday...

Hunters found the body Sunday morning in a burned-out Toyota about 4 miles off of Highway 97 on Walker Mountain.

Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge isn't releasing any details about what was found at the scene...

"We're not releasing information related to the scene because we don't know if this is a death, or a homicide investigation."

Police believe the remains may be those of a missing Bend man.

"The vehicle that was found at the scene was disabled, and it was Jonathan Sullivan-Shipley's registered vehicle."  Stated District Attorney Patridge.  "We've confirmed that by the license plate that was on the vehicle."

42 year old Jonathan Sullivan-Shipley was last seen in Bend on September 5th.

Patridge stressed that no positive identification has been made...

"We're not sure, we're looking at all the factors.  The Bend P.D. provided us with a fairly lengthy report that we're having to go through to double-check some things."

The Klamath County Major Crime Team has been activated, and State Police have processed the area where the body was found.

"The Crime Lab has completed its initial gathering of evidence."  Adds D.A. Patridge.  "And an autopsy is scheduled Tuesday - which should tell us a lot in terms of the direction we need to steer this investigation."

The results of that autopsy are expected to be released late Tuesday, or early Wednesday.

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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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