Oregon Department of Transportation workers came across a grisly discovery Thursday, but actually may have helped solve a case of a missing person.

Several workers were conducting routine maintenance along Interstate 84, two miles east of The Dalles, when they came across a male body.

The man was about 75 feet from the roadside, in a wooded area, and had apparently been there for some time. After an onsite investigation by the Oregon State Patrol, the man was identified as 25-year-old Jaeray C. Jackson, from Woodinville, WA.

According the initial investigation, the man's wounds appeared to be self-inflicted, although authorities didn't say if he had shot himself. They were also not sure exactly how long he had been there, an autopsy is expected to provide more details.

The investigation continues, more information to be released soon.


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