PRESS RELEASE From Sheriff Regarding Body Found in Grass Creek

The following press release is an update to our article regarding a body that was discovered in Grass Creek.

That article can be found here:  BODY DISCOVERED IN GRASS CREEK

Boundary County Sheriff – Press Release

On the evening of 7-2-2023, the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office received a report that human remains had been discovered in an extremely remote area of northern Boundary County.  The description indicated that the remains had been at the location for a significant amount of time.

On the morning of 7-3-2023, the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office, United States Border Patrol and the United States Forest Service responded to the area in an attempt to locate the remains.  After spending most of the day checking the area, they were unable to locate them.

On 7-5-2023, after receiving additional directions and description of the location by the original reporting person, the Sheriff’s Office and the Forest Service were able to find the deceased subject.  Due to the location and the type of items recovered at the scene, it is believed that subject reached the location by foot.  The scene was processed, the remains were recovered and later turned over to the Boundary County Coroner.  The deceased subject was not able to be identified at that time and an autopsy was scheduled.

Sheriff’s Office investigators coordinated with several other law enforcement agencies to compare evidence in this case with open missing person cases.  On 7-27-2023, the deceased subject was positively identified as thirty-two year old Christopher Benn from Spokane, Washington.  On 8-01-2023, Benn’s next of kin was located and notified of his death.

The case is active with the investigation ongoing as to the cause and manner of death.

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