Oregon State Police have joined the investigation of the mysterious Wheeler County hunting death of a Portland hunter. The family of Frank Means, 61, has been critical of the Wheeler County sheriff’s office and its handling of the incident. Police officials have released relatively little information, leaving it unclear whether Means’ demise was an Oregon wrongful death, an accident or something else.
According to The Oregonian the three-man Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office initially declined an offer of help from the state police. After reversing that decision, the sheriff’s office will remain the lead agency on the investigation, but will now receive assistance in the form of extra investigators as well as forensic and medical examiner services. The paper quoted Means’ widow, who had been critical of the conduct of the sheriff’s office, as expressing “relief” at the development.
The story of Frank Means Oregon hunting death began to unfold on October 8 when his body was found near the town of Fossil, according to television station KGW. Investigators say they are looking for potential witnesses, but no one has been taken into custody. An official from the sheriff’s office told Means’ widow her husband had been killed in “some kind of hunting dispute,” the television station reported.
When faced with troubling incidents like this the early involvement of a Portland wrongful death lawyer is especially important. An attorney can help advise clients of their rights and can assist in dealing with the authorities as they work to determine the exact circumstances surrounding a loved one’s death.