Police identify body found near Larch Mountain road

Police identify body found near Larch Mountain road
- By Bob Heye
and KATU.com Web Staff

CORBETT, Ore - Another gruesome discovery has been made in an area that has earned itself a reputation for being a crime scene.

Around midnight on Thursday, a passerby discovered a man's body in the woods off Larch Mountain Road, just short of a gate that keeps the route to Larch Mountain closed during the winter.

Investigators spent the day combing the area for evidence.

The Medical Examiner's Office has not yet determined just how the man died, but officials with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office believe he did not die where his body was found.

"Right now detectives have identified the person and they are working to notify the family and are trying to determine what potentially caused this person to come from an area and be dropped off at this scene," said Lt. Mike Shults with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

The body has been identifed as that of Evian Di Stefano, 20. He was reported missing three days ago.

The Larch Mountain area, which is south of Crown Point and above the Columbia River Gorge, is heavily wooded and is also isolated. Only Larch Mountain Road leads to the area where the body was found. The road past the gate ends at Larch Mountain's peak.

Larch Mountain has been a crime scene in the past. The bodies of two murder victims, a man and a woman, were found on a brushy hillside in 1999 and in 1996, two men were found shot and killed in the area in what was described as a teenagers' "thrill kill."

The latest discovery at Larch Mountain remains mostly a mystery.

"They're interviewing people who may have some information as to how this body got here and when he was missing," said Shults. "All those pieces of information have to come together."