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Death Investigation - Nesika Beach in Curry County
06/23/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

Oregon State Police, with the assistance of the State Medical Examiner's Office, is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's death of a 55-year old male found floating in the surf off Nesika Beach about ten miles north of Gold Beach in Curry County. There is no evidence the death is associated with any crime.
 
According to Senior Trooper Paul Rushton, on June 22, 2012 at approximately 9:20 a.m. OSP was notified that a body of an adult male was found floating in the surf by his roommate. Cal/Ore Ambulance personnel responded and after working on the man at the scene, they transported him to Curry General Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.
 
Preliminary investigation indicates the victim, MICHAEL LEINDECKER, age 55, from the Gold Beach area, and his male roommate were camping on Nesika Beach since Wednesday when they decided to leave Friday morning. They were making separate trips bringing camping gear and belongings to a nearby parking lot. The last time the roommate saw LEINDECKER, they were going in opposite directions as LEINDECKER returned toward the beach area.
 
About 15 minutes later, the roommate returned to the beach and saw LEINDECKER floating in the surf. He couldn't retrieve the victim and returned to the highway where he contacted a motorist who had stopped in the parking area. The motorist called 9-1-1 then went to the surf and pulled the victim from the water to the beach. They waited with the victim for medical personnel to arrive before he was taken to the hospital where he died.
 
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