The city of Portland has announced it has located the remains of the dead and missing people from the town of Salem.
The city said on Tuesday that it had located more than 60 skeletal remains of people who were either murdered or disappeared in Salem in the 1970s.
The remains were brought to Portland by a relative of the deceased, said the statement from the city.
“The city of Salem has recovered more than 70 human remains from the Salem Medical Center from the late 1970s and early 1980s, the majority of which are individuals of African American descent,” the statement read.
“There were approximately 80 individuals, ages from 15 to 70 years old, who were deceased between the years 1972 and 1983.
The City of Salem is committed to providing a dignified and dignified return to the community.”
In the statement, the city said the remains were found in the basement of the Salem Memorial Hospital, which closed in 1993.
“We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify the individual(s) responsible for the deaths and to recover their remains,” the city stated.
“These remains will be transported to Portland to be processed and displayed at the Salem Museum of Art,” the release said.
“In addition to the City of Portland, the state of Oregon, the FBI and the Oregon State Crime Lab are assisting in the investigation.