The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s (ME) Office has authorized the release of the identity of one of the victims following Sunday morning’s fatal bus crash along Interstate 84 east of Pendleton. The identified victim is one of nine people who died and the State ME Office is working with investigators, the Korean Consulate’s Office, and other sources in efforts to positively identify the remaining eight victims.
During Monday’s news conference, Oregon State Police (OSP) said the nine victims were adults. This detail is being corrected after the Medical Examiner’s office advised one of the victims could be a juvenile female. The identification process is affected by many factors including the availability of legal identification documentation, fingerprints, positive descriptors, and, in most of these cases, trauma injuries. Of the 9 victims, four are males and five are females. The identities of the other eight victims, all of Asian descent, are moving forward but no time frame is anticipated for when their names will be released. Also, the number of passengers on the bus is adjusted to 47 (38 injured, 9 fatalities).
OSP and the ME Office has learned that a source not involved in the investigation released several names of possible victims to a media source of which some information may be not accurate. OSP and the State ME Office will be the release point of names after positive identification is made and we ensure needed next of kin notifications are completed.
The first victim identified is DALE WILLIAM OSBORN, age 57, from Spanaway, Washington. Mr. OSBORN’s wife, DARLENE SUE OSBORN, age 65, was injured and is being treated at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, Oregon.
* The investigation is continuing and may take a month or longer before OSP can provide the completed case to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office for review and consideration of further action. OSP will not comment further about the ongoing investigation.
* On Tuesday, OSP investigators assisted by NTSB investigators will complete an inspection of the bus and conduct an inventory for personal property and documents to aid with the investigation and identification process.
* OSP has started releasing some property, including passports and documents, to some of the bus passengers who were released from a hospital. Additional details for release of other property to involved passengers will be coordinated with the Korean Consulate Office in Seattle, Washington. Consulate representatives continue to work with OSP to facilitate positive identifications, next of kin notifications, and property identification.