Oregon authorities are continuing the investigation into the body of a Lyon County native found Friday in a roadside ditch in the southwest portion of the state.
According to Jackson County Sheriff's Office, the body of Cody Joseph Baize, 28, of Grants Pass, Oregon, was discovered just before 8 a.m. that day by a passerby who stumbled upon the body along a road in Butte Falls, about an hour west of Baize's home. The identity of the body was not immediately known, but the sheriff's office released Baize's name on Saturday.
Baize's death has been ruled "suspicious" by authorities, and the investigation continues by the Jackson County Major Assault Death Investigation Unit. No cause of death has been reported, and further details of the investigation were unavailable at press time.
"There are no reports available at this time," Jackson County Sheriff Nathaniel Sickler told The Herald Ledger. "The district attorney will be tasked with any public records request regarding this matter until any adjudication process is completed."
Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert's office has not responded to requests for additional information.
Baize grew up in Eddyville and lived elsewhere. He had moved to Kansas and eventually Oregon, according to his Facebook page. He has family who still live in Lyon County and western Kentucky.
Acquaintances and loved ones are remembering the man on social media as kind and gentle. Dozens of comments on The Herald Ledger's Facebook post about Baize's death indicate he was well liked during his time in Eddyville.
No funeral arrangements for Baize have been announced.
Lyon County Sheriff Brent White said this is not the first suspicious tragedy the family has endured. In early October 2002, Baize's aunt, Sonya Bradley, went missing in Lyon County. The 35-year-old mother of three was never seen or heard from again,and to this day, her body has not been discovered.
"This family has had a lot of tragedy to deal with," White said. "It's very sad."
White, who was a Kentucky state trooper at the time, said as far as he is aware, the Bradley case was one of the most expensive and extensive cases state police has worked. He added that authorities are "pretty sure" they know who is responsible for her death and why, but with her body still missing, a case cannot be made.
The Herald Ledger will update this story as more information becomes available.