NEAR GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Oregon State Police are asking for the public's help in finding the next of kin of a man found dead near Grants Pass.
According to detectives, the decomposed remains of Ralph Laurence Boles, 72, were found in a secluded field near an apparent transient camp in Josephine County on July 10.
Detectives said a backpack found near the remains contained a social security card and retired military identification for Boles. His identity was confirmed through fingerprints.
Investigators said a photograph (left) obtained from his retired military identification indicated Boles served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958 to 1961.
There is nothing at this time to indicate his death is suspicious, OSP said in a press release. Boles is believed to have been a transient for many years.
He had contact with law enforcement agencies in the past beginning in the 1970s in Siskiyou County, California. Since that time he also had contact with law enforcement in Idaho, Utah, Montana, and the most recent contacts were in Oregon. He may have traveled along the west coast using the railroad system, according to police.
All attempts to find a relative of Boles have so far been unsuccessful, police said. They are asking the public to contact them if anyone is or knows a relative of Boles.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Elzy at 541-618-7956.