Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Medical Examiner detectives investigated a deceased male found in the Paradise Lane area of Ashland last week.
Tuesday morning, hikers discovered a body lying in the middle of a trail above Ashland and called 911. JCSO Patrol deputies and Ashland Police Department responded and confirmed the man was deceased. Due to snowy conditions and the remote location of the body, a JCSO Search and Rescue (SAR) callout was initiated. After JCSO Medical Examiner detectives investigated, the SAR team carried the man out to an awaiting transport.
An Oregon State Police forensic pathologist conducted an autopsy Wednesday and determined the cause and manner of death as hypothermia due to exposure.
The victim appeared to have sustained injuries from a fall and alcohol may have been a factor. Toxicology reports are pending, and there is no apparent evidence of foul play.
Next of kin was notified, the man has been positively identified as Matthew Daniel McCormick, 37, of Medford.
Courtesy of JCSO