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Police ask people to check graves after bones discovered

As part of an investigation into the discovery of human remains found near Blue Lake Regional Park on Monday, May 23, Fairview police are encouraging anyone with a deceased family member or loved one interred at two specific cemeteries to check their loved one's grave site this Memorial Day weekend.

Those cemeteries are the Multnomah Cemetery at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard in Portland, and Lone Fir Cemetery at Southeast Morrison Street and 23rd Avenue in Portland.

Anything suspicious should be reported to Fairview Police Detective Brad Robertson at 503-674-6259.

Robertson said Metro officials determined that dirt excavated from those two cemeteries has been dumped in a green space near Northeast 223rd Avenue and Blue Lake Road, where remains have been found.

It's the second time this year such a grisly discovery has been made there.

In January, a man walking his dog discovered human remains at the same place. And this week, another man reported a similar find to the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board.

Fairview police launched an investigation and recovered bone fragments from six different locations in the green space, including a part of a human skull and vertebrae. Police also found part of a plastic graveside memorial wreath.

Police investigating the January discovery determined that the excavation firm that works for Metro Regional Government inadvertently dumped the bones in the area. Metro contracts with companies to dig graves at the 14 pioneer cemeteries it oversees and then has the excess dirt dumped on Metro-owned property near Blue Lake Park.

The Fairview Police Department is working with Metro, the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office on the investigation. Due to the number of agencies involved, Robertson said it would take a while to complete.