UPDATE: Death of man near greenway ruled accidental

UPDATE (11-14-18 2:15 PM) After receiving autopsy results, police have ruled out homicide in the death of a man found near the Bear Creek Greenway on Monday.

Ryan Snyder’s body was discovered near the greenway Monday afternoon. An autopsy was conducted Wednesday, and results determined Snyder’s death was ‘accidental’.

The doctor says while his exact cause of death is unknown, there were changes to his body consistent with hypothermia. Investigators are still awaiting toxicology results.

Update (11-13-18 2:05 p.m.) – Police have identified the man found dead as Michael Ryan Snyder. He was 39 years old. Medford police said Synder’s death appears suspicious, and they’ll treat it as a homicide until proven otherwise.


MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford police are investigating the death of a man after he was found in an irrigation ditch off a bike path near the Bear Creek Greenway.

He was found near the intersection of Biddle and Stevens roads.

Details are limited but Medford police say they were called to the scene around 4:30 Monday afternoon.

Police did shut down one lane near the intersection.

Oregon State Police Forensics team is still investigating the death.


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