Authorities investigate death of man punched on Bend trail

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in central Oregon are investigating whether the death of a 69-year-old Bend man was the result of being punched by a runner two months earlier on a popular trail.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel tells The Bulletin in a story on Friday that he could pursue criminal charges against the person who attacked Clemens D. Schnek.

Schenk was walking his dog in an off-leash area west of Bend with relatives in May when his dog barked at a man running past.

The runner got angry and punched Schenk, knocking him out. Schenk didn’t report the attack but sought medical attention several weeks later when he started having health problems. He died on July 30.

Hummel says if authorities determine the punch caused the death, he’ll try to identify the runner.