U.S. Attorney’s Office
Beth Anne Steele
(503) 460-8099
May 22, 2016

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Locates Remains of Mark Johnson, Jr.

Investigators have found the remains of Mark Kevin Johnson, Jr. in Deschutes County. FBI agents and Warm Springs Police officers were trying to locate Johnson as part of the investigation into the violent death of his wife, Candelabra Rhoan. Warm Springs officers who were doing a welfare check on Ms. Rhoan found her body inside her Warm Springs home in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 19.

At approximately 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2016, Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a vehicle over the cliff in the Deschutes River Canyon near Lower Bridge Way (Terrebonne, Oregon). Deputies arrived and determined a single male occupant of the vehicle was deceased. The vehicle was located more than 100 feet down the slope below a 50-foot sheer cliff. Sheriff’s detectives responded to the scene to investigate.

Due to the nature of the terrain, Deschutes County Search and Rescue was called out to recover the body. For safety reasons, that recovery was delayed until this morning. On Sunday, May 22, 21 Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers and two Special Services deputies assisted investigators with recovering the body of the deceased. The recovery involved a ropes system to raise the body to the top of the canyon.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s detectives continue to investigate the vehicle incident in cooperation with other agencies, including the FBI, Warm Springs Police Department, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Both Johnson, Jr., 33, and Ms. Rhoan, age 30, were members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.