Coroner IDs skeleton found along riverbanks in Kalama, Clatskanie in 2022


Skeletal remains found in 2022 off the Columbia River near Temco Kalama have been identified as an Oregon man reported missing that January.

Cowlitz County Coroner Dana Tucker states in a news release the jawbone discovered on July 23, 2022, on the riverbank near Tidewater Drive belongs to Barry M. Rezansoff, 56.

The rest of Rezansoff’s remains were recovered on a Columbia River beach in Clatskanie almost a month prior. He was reported missing on Jan. 12, 2022, in Portland.

DNA, dental records and the forensic genealogy corporation Othram were used to identify the remains, says the press release.

The limited details of the case were put into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System and named “Kalama Tide Water Skeletal Remains,” according to DNA Solves.

The skeletal remains were sent to Othram’s laboratory in Texas where scientists created a DNA profile using DNA from the evidence, officials said. The Rezansoff case is the 27th time law enforcement in Washington state used Othram’s technology to identify a dead body, the company reports.

Rezansoff, described in his obituary as “intelligent, compassionate, and sensitive,” was reported missing “following an undiagnosed illness and the May 2020 death of his wife,” officials said.

Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office also employed Othram to identify the body of Bryan M. Heinrich, Sr., 55, when remains were found in the Cowlitz River in July 2022.