At approximately 8:45 p.m. on Dec. 30, 2007, the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office was contacted regarding a missing man -- 43-year-old Merced Martinez.
Martinez was reported missing by his employer, after he was not at his residence as expected. He had last been seen at his residence the previous evening.
KCSOs Search and Rescue teaM, along with deputies, launched a search effort in the surrounding area. The team included 18 SAR volunteers, a SAR air unit and two SAR canine teams.
At approximately noon on Dec. 31, 2007, search members located Martinez's body about four miles from his residence.
Weather conditions were cold and windy, with temperatures in the teens.
An autopsy was scheduled for Jan. 3, 2008.
Foul play is not suspected at this time, though Klickitat County Sheriff's Office detectives are continuing the investigation.