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Mysteries of death, disappearance focus of new Malheur County team

Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe recently created a volunteer group to dig into cold cases. (Malheur Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

VALE – May Hori’s death has lingered for Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe.

Near the end of March 2001, the 43-year-old Hori, a nurse at what was then Holy Rosary Medical Center, was found clad in thin pajamas and floating in the Snake River just north of Ontario.

Law enforcement officials investigated the incident off and on for five months before officially closing the case in August 2001. The manner of her death was listed as drowning, a conclusion Wolfe doesn’t dispute. But why she drowned is still a question for the sheriff.

Hori’s home was situated along Oregon Highway 201 near Ontario State Recreation Site. After Hori’s body was found, police searched . . .