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Authorities investigate death of man punched on Bend trail

August 4, 2018

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 an unknown 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. Schenk.

“There’s a strong likelihood the death was the result of the punch,” Hummel said. “So right now, we need to dot our I’s and cross our T’s and make certain, but we think that’s probably what caused the death. Then, we’re going to try to find out who the suspect is.”

Schenk, a filmmaker, was walking his dog in an off-leash area west of Bend with relatives from Germany in May when his dog barked at a man running past, said Amoroq Weiss, Schenk’s friend.

Weiss said the runner got angry, and that Schenk was polite in explaining he was in an area where dogs are allowed to run free. The runner allegedly punched Schenk, knocking him out.

Schenk didn’t report the attack but sought medical attention several weeks later when he started having health problems.

Weiss said Schenk suffered a major concussion and brain bleed due to being punched. He died on July 30.

Schenk’s friend Mike Panno said Schenk described the man who punched him as having dark hair and a beard.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com

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