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OSP Asks for Public's Help to Locate Next of Kin of Man Found Deceased July 2012 Near Grants Pass
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to locate next of kin for a deceased transient male found early July at what appeared to be a transient camp just outside of Grants Pass in Josephine County. The man's name and a photograph from military identification are released to assist with OSP with finding his next of kin.
According to OSP Detective Jess Elzy, the Josephine County Major Crimes Team began an investigation following the discovery on July 10, 2012 of decomposed remains in a secluded field of a person later identified as RALPH LAURENCE BOLES, age 72 (DOB: 05-20-1940). A backpack found near the remains contained a social security card and retired military identification for BOLES. His identity was confirmed through fingerprints. There is no information or evidence at this time to indicate his death is suspicious.
BOLES, who was born in California, is believed to have been a transient for many years. He had contact with numerous law enforcement agencies in the past beginning in the 1970s in Siskiyou County, California. Since that time he also had contact with law enforcement in Idaho, Utah, Montana, and the most recent contacts were in Oregon. He may have traveled along the west coast using the railroad system.
All investigative leads have been exhausted to find next of kin.
A photograph provided with this news release of BOLES was obtained from his retired military identification which indicated he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958 to 1961. The date of the photograph is unknown.
Anyone with information to assist OSP in locating next of kin is asked to call Detective Elzy at (541) 618-7956.

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