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Death Investigation - Highway 101 north of Newport
10/09/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, with the assistance of the Lincoln County Medical Examiner, are continuing the investigation into the death of a 47-year old Lincoln City man found deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound about 11 miles north of Newport.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Justin McGladrey, on October 9, 2010 at approximately 8:46 a.m. an OSP trooper was dispatched to Highway 101 near milepost 131 at the top of Cape Foul Weather regarding an unresponsive man found next to a commercial vehicle. While enroute, OSP was informed by an on-scene Lincoln County deputy that the man was deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
 
Preliminary investigation indicates the chip truck driver from Lincoln City drove a fully loaded chip truck to a large pull out a the top of Cape Foul Weather where he parked after starting his shift at 4:30 a.m. At approximately 8:40 a.m. a fellow employee of the trucking company driving through the area saw the parked truck and trailer and notified the company owner. When the fellow driver returned to check the vehicle at the pullout he found the man on the ground near the passenger side of the vehicle.
 
Emergency responders were notified and the man was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
OSP was assisted by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Depoe Bay Fire & Rescue, Lincoln County Medical Examiner, Lincoln County District Attorney's Office, and ODOT.