A few weeks ago a man taking a pee on the side of the road discovered a body at an Oregon state park on the Columbia River not far from Hat Rock. Richland police immediately arrived thinking it was part of one of their investigations. It is unknown if that connection panned out, but the man was identified as 52-year-old Jose Antonio Leyva from Pasco.
Now Umatilla County Sheriffs Office is investigating it as a murder. They believe the body was dumped at the state park.
It took several days to identify the body and then reach relatives before the name could be released to the public. Additional details are likewise slow in coming as the investigation progresses.