October 5, 2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Lane County Medical Examiner, are continuing an investigation into the cause of death of an adult male found Thursday afternoon on the beach near Washburn State Park north of Florence. The man's name is withheld pending next of kin notification and at this time there is no evidence he was the victim of a crime.
On October 4, 2012 at approximately 3:00 p.m., a report was received from Oregon State Parks & Recreation Department personnel that people walking on the beach near Washburn State Park found the body of an adult male. OSP troopers and detectives responded to the scene to investigate and confirmed the 57-year old male was camping alone at the state park. There was no evidence he had been in the water and he may have had a medical emergency while walking on the beach.
OSP troopers from the Florence and Springfield offices are involved in the investigation. Trooper Justin Goldsmith is the lead investigator.