Missing Homedale man found dead in Eastern Oregon

Ronald Delaney.
Ronald Delaney.

The body of Ronald M. Delaney was found Saturday at the Owyhee Reservoir north of Jordan Valley, Ore., according to law enforcement.

Delaney died in an apparent suicide, Owyhee County Sheriff Perry Grant said. Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe confirmed the circumstances of the death.

The 52-year-old Homedale man was last seen Jan. 29, and he was expected to be home a couple of days later. He reportedly suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, and law enforcement asked the public for help last weekend in finding him.

“It was unknown what he was doing or where he was going,” Grant said. Delaney’s daughter reported him missing.

Delaney was found in the Leslie Gulch area of the Owyhee Reservoir.

Grant said the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation into Delaney’s death. The county’s medical examiner will release the body to Delaney’s family.