SALEM -- A body was found along Highway 99E north of Salem Thursday, police said.

A passing driver saw the body of an adult man on the shoulder of the roadway, near Labish Garden Road NE, according to Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings. Medical crews confirmed just before 1 p.m. the man was dead.

The northbound lane of the highway was blocked while Marion County deputies OSP troopers began an investigation. Traffic was slowed in the area, but was still getting through, Hastings said.

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