Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm reports the human remains found in April near Upper Calapooia Drive have been identified. Detectives and the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office have worked to identify the remains and received DNA confirmation this week identifying Mark Hardin, a Linn County resident, as the deceased.
Hardin was reported missing to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office in 2011. An extensive search and investigation were conducted following the missing person report. This included a large search operation in the remote areas of Upper Calapooia and continuous work throughout the years. No evidence of foul play has been found during the previous missing person investigation or current discovery of Hardin’s remains.