JCSO Case 22-0173

Update: 01-19-22

The skeletal remains found January 10th off Roxy Ann Peak trail were positively identified as Armando Leigh Soto, 33, originally from Yuba City, California. Soto lived in the Medford area since 2015, and was reported missing June of 2020.


The positive scientific ID was confirmed by physical examination and comparison to dental records. The records were from 2019, obtained from the Oregon State Hospital.

An Oregon State Police (OSP) forensic pathologist performed an autopsy yesterday at the OSP Morgue in Central Point. The autopsy revealed no evidence of injury or trauma. The cause and manner of death are “Undetermined” due to advanced decomposition. There are no indications of suspicious circumstances.

JCSO Case 22-0173

MEDFORD, Ore. – A man walking his dog off the Roxy Ann Peak trail discovered skeletonized human remains Monday evening. The discovery prompted Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives to investigate. Tuesday morning, JCSO detectives recovered the body assisted by a Search and Rescue (SAR) ground team with Human Remains Detection (HRD) dogs.

The skeletonized remains are in an advanced stage of decomposition. Investigations are ongoing by JCSO Medical Examiner detectives although there are no immediate indications of suspicious circumstances. An Oregon State Police forensic pathologist will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. The name of the decedent will be released pending a positive scientific identification and next of kin notification. There is no further information available at this time.