Oregon State Police use DNA to identify victim as 55-year-old Bend resident Mark Bryan

PHOTO COURTESY OF OREGON STATE POLICE - The vehicle shown crashed and caught fire. The driver was killed at the scene but not identifed until more than seven months later.

More than seven months after a vehicle crash on Millican Road claimed the life of its driver, Oregon State Police have identified the deceased.

The driver, who crashed on Feb. 27, was identified Monday evening as 55-year-old Bend resident Mark Bryan.

Oregon State Police explained that identifying Bryan was difficult, but through hair samples and other items, the OSP Forensic Laboratory in Clackamas was able to use DNA to positively identify him. The crash happened about 20 miles south of Prineville, and when troopers arrived on scene, the vehicle, a 1995 Cadillac, was fully engulfed in flames and surrounding vegetation was burning.

Once the fire was extinguished, investigators determined there was one deceased person in the vehicle. At this time it is believed that only one person was in the car at the time of the crash. Speed was believed to be a contributing factor into the cause of the crash.

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