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Remains near Table Rock were Central Point man's

Investigators have identified remains found near Lower Table Rock last week as those of a Central Point man who disappeared in May 2007.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department worked with the Oregon State Police crime lab to confirm the identity of Randy Sherman Dow using fingerprints.

Dow, then 44, was last seen by his mother on May 21, 2007, the sheriff's department reported today.

He had left home on a bike, taking few possessions with him. His mother reported him missing May 24, but told investigators that he had gone away on extended absences before. He usually returned in a short time, however, reports said. At the time, other friends and relatives said they hadn't seen Dow since earlier in May.

Investigators believe that Dow may have been camping in a remote area of Lower Table Rock. He likely fell and died around the time he was reported missing. All evidence indicates his death was accidental, the sheriff's office said.

The remote and treacherous location of Dow's fall prevented anyone from discovering him until hikers trekking off trail to look for wildlife photos found the body on the morning of Dec. 30.

After the find was reported at about 10:45 a.m., deputies spent the rest of the day collecting the remains and evidence from the remote scene, which they reached by helicopter.

— Anita Burke