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Linn County Sheriff's Office Searches For Harrisburg High School Student (Photo) - 05/24/23

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Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan reports the search for Bryce Chilgren from Harrisburg ended after he was found alive with no injuries late this morning in the area of Veneta. Deputies are still gathering information surrounding the report. We are thankful for the community efforts in trying to locate Bryce since the report of him missing.   



Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan reports on May 23rd at 8:16 a.m., Linn County Dispatch received the report of a male missing from his home at the Springbook Mobile Home Park in Harrisburg, Oregon. Bryce Chilgren, 18, of Harrisburg, Oregon, was reported missing when his father went to wake him for school.

Deputies responded to the area, speaking with multiple people. Deputies learned Bryce was last seen at his residence on the evening of May 22nd. It is unknown what Bryce was wearing when he left his residence. He’s described as 5’8” and about 180lbs with longer brown hair and brown eyes. Deputies have searched areas where Bryce frequents and continue to exhaust any possible leads. 

Linn County Sheriff’s Office is seeking any information around Bryce, seeking anyone with surveillance video around the Springbook Mobile Home Park or South 6th Street who have footage between May 22nd at 9:00 p.m. and May 23rd at 6:00 a.m. Anyone with information is encouraged to immediately contact the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 967-3950. 

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Linn County Sheriff's Office Identifies Deceased Victim Found in 2006 - 05/19/23

Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan reports a deceased victim found in the woods in 2006 was identified as Jesus Ruiz of Aumsville, Oregon. 

The investigation began on October 23, 2006, at approximately 6:17 p.m. when the Linn County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of human remains found in the area of the Big Springs Snow Park on Highway 22, east of Sweet Home.  Evidence at the scene indicated the remains had been there approximately one year.

Detectives continued to work with the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office and DNA was extracted from the remains.  Although the victim’s DNA profile did not exist in any database, samples were sent to Parabon Nanolabs, a private company, for additional analysis to determine the identity of the person. 

Parabon Nanolabs was able to find a possible identity by tracing the DNA through ancestry type databases and following possible relatives’ family tree lines.  They were able to give detectives a possible identity of Jesus Ruiz.  To confirm the identification, detectives contacted Ruiz’s family who provided DNA comparisons which confirmed the remains found in 2006 were Jesus Ruiz.  Ruiz’s family said they had not seen or heard from Ruiz since 2005 and thought he had been in Mexico.  They never reported him missing.

This investigation into the death of Jesus Ruiz is ongoing.