Body found above park is identified

Police positively identified the burned body found above Lithia Park in February as Bennett Tanner, a long-time homeless resident of Ashland.

The body was discovered at a remote campsite near the granite pit area above the park. The death appeared to be caused by a fire that got out of control, according to autopsy results, and medical examiners with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office were still working on toxicology reports to determine the cause and time of death. Authorities say the report revealed no signs of foul play.

Friends of Tanner held memorial services in honor of the man in early March, after they learned that sock puppets were found at the scene. Tanner had been missing for some time and was known for his sock puppet shows and comedy routines, friends said.

Freinds of Tanner will hold another memorial Monday from noon to — p.m. at Ashland Public Library. A ceremony at Lithia Park will follow.

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