Team locates body on Larch Mountain
- Erin Shea
- Gresham Outlook - News
Death is thought to have been suicide
Members of the Multnomah County Search and Rescue Team, aided by a recovery dog, found the body of a missing 53-year-old Portland man on Larch Mountain on Saturday, Dec. 2.
Michael Anthony Brochocki, 53, died of a single gunshot wound to the head, said Lt. Jason Gates, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office spokesman.
Brochocki is thought to have committed suicide in late October after he failed to return to his girlfriend's home in the 41000 block of Larch Mountain Road, Gates said.
Sheriff's deputies were first called to the girlfriend's home Saturday, Oct. 7, when she reported that Brochocki was attempting to commit suicide.
By the time officers arrived, Brochocki had reportedly left the area on foot, but deputies found a pill bottle, razor blades and blood splatter in the area, Gates said.
At the time Brochocki was also thought to have had a handgun that had been taken from his girlfriend's residence.
Deputies did a perimeter search of the area, but were unable to find Brochocki. However, they were called back to the scene later that evening when he returned to the house.
Brochocki was then involuntarily committed for assessment, but was reportedly released sometime on or before Monday, Oct. 23, Gates said.
Brochocki returned to his girlfriend's home on Oct. 23. She again called the police on a welfare check, as she realized the gun was missing and speculated that Brochocki may have it.
Officials decided against deploying the Search and Rescue Team at that time, fearing for the safety of the teens involved, Gates said.
'With a potentially armed and suicidal suspect - that would have been irresponsible,' he said.
Sheriff's deputies performed a more formal search later, but were unable to find Brochocki. At that time, a missing persons report was filed, and Brochocki's abandoned vehicle was seized as evidence, Gates said. The investigation was passed on to Multnomah County detectives.
On Saturday, Dec. 2, the Search and Rescue Team was deployed on an organized search mission in the area.
A recovery dog from Search One K9 Service in Tualatin led team members straight to the Brochocki's body, which was less than a mile from Interstate 84, Gates said.
Brochocki was found in a wooded area 200 yards southwest of his girlfriend's property on the other side of the fence - a location that wouldn't have been visible to officers who searched the area on foot, Gates said.
Brochocki leaves behind his wife of Portland and a 9-year-old daughter.