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Death Investigation - Highway 101 north of Brookings
09/14/2011
Sergeant Scott Punch
Oregon State Police - Gold Beach
(541) 247-6641 ext. 222

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the apparent suicidal death of a 69-year old man whose body was found in heavy brush under Thomas Creek Bridge, the tallest bridge in Oregon about five miles north of Brookings. OSP is interested in talking to anyone who had seen or spoken with the man within the last several days.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Scott Punch, on September 13, 2011 at approximately 12:20 p.m. an ODOT employee found a handgun on the shoulder of Highway 101 on Thomas Creek Bridge near milepost 347. The ODOT employee removed the handgun from the scene and turned it in to OSP.
 
An OSP trooper responded to the area where the handgun was found and located blood on the bridge guardrail. Subsequent investigation by OSP, Curry County Sheriff's Office and Curry County Search & Rescue led to the discovery of a deceased male at the base of the 345 foot high bridge. The man was identified as CHARLES IRA CURTIS, age 69. CURTIS was a past Medford resident who recently moved to Brookings this summer.
 
Coos Curry Electric Cooperative provided a boom truck and personnel to help hoist the man's body to the top of the bridge. Highway 101 was closed for about 30 minutes to retrieve the body. Outside of the closure, traffic was reduced to one lane for two hours during the investigation and recovery.
 
Anyone with information regarding CURTIS is asked to contact Sergeant Punch at (541) 247-6641 ext. 222.