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Death Investigation - Ocean Shore near Pistol River Wayside south of Gold Beach
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

A man found deceased near the shore line on a beach about 1/3 mile south of Pistol River Wayside on the southern Oregon coast Saturday afternoon is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Detective John Riddle, on January 26, 2008 at approximately 5:00 p.m. a report was received by Curry County 9-1-1 of a body found on the beach south of Pistol River Wayside. Oregon State Police and Curry County Sheriff's Office responded to the area and located the body of an adult male near the surf line who appeared to have been in the water for an unknown period.
Detective Riddle responded to conduct the investigation with the assistance of the Coos County Chief Deputy Medical Examiner. Preliminary investigation positively identified the body as GARY C. SPAULDING, age 54, who has no known residence. The man's recreational vehicle was found secured at Pistol River Wayside. A Curry County deputy said it was seen at that location on Thursday evening. No weapon has been recovered as it may have been washed out in the surf.
When next of kin were notified they indicated family members have not heard from him for about six years. It is believed that he has been living in his recreational vehicle and traveled around the western United States. According to Oregon DMV records, his last listed Oregon address was in Hood River.