Elk Hunter Found Unresponsive With Multiple Head Wounds Has Officials Puzzled

An Elk hunter was found in Oregon on the side of the highway with severe head trauma, and Oregon state police are asking for help, according to nbc16 news.

Derek Martell was on his way home from an Elk hunting trip with friends when he called his wife. The call was made at 11:30 a.m., and everything was fine. Twenty-eight minutes later, a 911 call was made, and by 12:26, police found Derek unresponsive with severe head wounds. His truck was parked at the bottom of an Interstate off-ramp.

Troopers responded just before noon Saturday to a 911 call requesting “a welfare check of a subject lying face down in the gravel in front of his silver 2015 Ford F350 crew cab pulling his 2019 Keystone Cougar travel trailer.”

State police said, “troopers found a truck and trailer matching that description on I-84 exit 109 westbound parked at the bottom of the off-ramp. OSP Troopers made contact with the driver, who was now behind the wheel of the truck and unresponsive.”

The investigation revealed “that Derek spoke to his wife at 11:30 a.m. and there were no reported issues. The 911 call was received 28 minutes later. Troopers located Derek at 12:26 p.m. and requested medics a minute later.”

State police ask anyone traveling from Arlington to Rufus during that time of day or anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Oregon State Police Dispatch at 1-800-442-2068 or *OSP from your mobile reference case # SP21274660.