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Linn County sheriff's deputies and detectives examine a ditch on the east side of Bryant Drive near where a body was found.

Linn County Sheriff investigators have identified the body found Monday in a ditch about a mile south of Bryant Park as male, but have not yet made contact with next of kin, according to Lieutenant Michelle Duncan.

Albany Fire Department personnel responded Monday afternoon shortly after 2 p.m. when an individual flagged them down and told them about the body. Linn County Sheriff's Office deputies and detectives responded.

The body has since been removed, and the road between the park and Bryant Way was closed until Tuesday evening. Investigators deployed a search and rescue team Tuesday to search for clues or evidence related to the case.

We will have more information as details emerge.

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Neil Zawicki

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