A Klamath Falls man who fled from police in a wild chase in December was found dead today in the Greensprings area east of Ashland, Oregon State Police reported.

Southern Oregon University professor and students on a field trip found the dead man in a forested area approximately one mile south of Highway 66. A Jackson County deputy medical examiner and an OSP detective responded to the scene and identified Christopher Sellars, a 32-year-old Klamath Falls man who led police on a violent high-speed chase in the area Dec. 19.

Sellars, 25-year-old Levi Cortez and 24-year-old William Noble allegedly threw an incendiary device made from a gas can at state police vehicles during a pursuit that began the evening of Dec. 19 near Klamath Falls when the suspects' Ford SUV failed to yield during a traffic stop. Sellars was alleged to be the driver.

Cortez surrendered to Oregon State Police troopers when the vehicle finally stopped near milepost 18 on Highway 66, but police say Noble and Sellars fled into the woods near Hyatt Lake. Noble surrendered to police the next morning at a residence nearby but Sellars remained missing.

The cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy from the State Medical Examiners office, police said.

— Thomas Moriarty