PENDLETON — Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts identified the body found Thursday in Pendleton as Alfonso Alva-Reyes, 58, of Milton-Freewater.
Police worked through the weekend trying to find Alva-Reyes’ relatives or someone who knew him, Roberts said. The man lived in many places but there was little information about who he knew. Police finally connected Monday with someone in Mexico, Roberts said, and that effort required a Spanish-English interpreter.
Dog walkers found the body Thursday morning near the southeast edge of the McKennon Station fence off the frontage road paralleling the Umatilla River. Roberts said police found no obvious signs of foul play at the scene, but the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office in Portland performed an autopsy and tests.
Roberts said the medical examiner ruled Alva-Reyes died from advanced cirrhosis and hypothermia.