Douglas County Sheriff's Office


 Justice Building • Roseburg, Oregon 97470 • (541) 440-4450

John Hanlin


Date/Time of Release:  08/05/2014 - 09:10
Contact Person:  Dwes Hutson  
Contact Number:  541-440-4464  
Subject:  Remains of Missing Man Found  
Date/Time of Incident:  08/03/2014 - 07:00
Incident Location:  Marvin Hill Area near Sutherlin, Oregon  
Case Number:  12-4227  
Deceased:  Cratty, Royce Paul / 74 yoa / Umpqua, OR

On September 27, 2012, 74 year old Royce Paul Cratty was reported missing by his wife. Cratty had been dropped off on Monday, September 24, 2012, on a BLM road in the Marvin Hill area of Hwy 138 West (Marvin Hill is located approximately 8 miles west of Sutherlin), to go for a hike. Cratty was last seen on September 24, 2012, by a Roseburg Forest Products employee. An extensive search by Sheriff’s Office personnel and Search and Rescue found no trace of Cratty.

On August 3, 2014, a land owner in the area found human skeletal remains on the mountain behind his home. Sheriff's Office personnel responded to the location and recovered the remains that were located in a ravine, in an area that was not previously searched. The remains were located about 2.7 miles southwest of the location that Cratty was last seen and about 1.4 miles northwest of Cratty's home. After examining the remains and personal effects, the remains have been positively identified as Royce Cratty.

No foul play is suspected and the next of kin has been notified.

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