Body found near Milton-Freewater identified; natural causes listed for death

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MILTON-FREEWATER — A man found dead near here Wednesday has been identified.

According to a release from the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, Kenneth Richardson II, 45, appears to have died due to natural causes or exposure.

The sheriff’s office communication center received a report about 2 p.m. Wednesday of a deceased person, and police found Richardson near a pile of brush on private property off Crockett Road, about a mile north of Milton-Freewater.

Police said there was no evidence of suspicious activity. The Oregon State Police Crime lab was able to identify Richardson by his fingerprints.

Richardson had lived in the Milton-Freewater and Walla Walla area for several years, police said.

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