By Angelica Carrillo and News StaffPublished: Feb 18, 2015 at 8:05 PM PSTLast Updated: Feb 19, 2015 at 5:47 PM PST
Brad Black and his wife were tracing their family tree through an online ancestry site when they learned his great grandfather had been committed to the Oregon State Hospital in 1930.
"We didn't know how he got there, how long he has been there," he said. "One thing led to another, we went on the website and took a look and there was Great Grandpa Elwood - he was there, you know, number 3009."
Black's family is not alone: The ashes of more than 3,400 people are still at the hospital.
A source who leaked emails about embattled ex-governor John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, might be protected by Oregon whistleblower laws, according to a Portland law professor following the scandals swirling around the former first couple.