CHARLESTON -- A fishing boat discovered a man’s body floating in the bay Wednesday afternoon.
Police are calling the man’s death “suspicious” and they believe he has been in the water for a few days.
The man is between 50-60 years old, 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, with dark hair and a gray beard. The Coos County Sheriff’s Office said the man had a stoma — a small medical opening — in his throat and a tattoo of a skull over another skull on his left shoulder.
The sheriff’s office is seeking the public's help in identifying the man.
U.S. Coast Guard members pulled the man’s floating body from the water by buoy No. 6, which is near the mouth of Coos Bay, after 12:30 p.m.
Petty Officer Shaun Eggert said the man was not wearing a life jacket and no debris or overturned boat was found near him to indicate he had been involved in a boating accident.
Air Station North Bend did a flyover of the area the body was recovered, but Eggert said they “found nothing.”
The sheriff’s office met the Coast Guard boat in the Charleston Basin after the body was recovered and the medical examiner took the body for further investigation.
The sheriff’s office and the examiner's office are considering the death “suspicious” until the results of an autopsy determine the cause of death.
Anyone with information regarding the man’s identity or death is urged to call the Coos County Sheriff’s Office at 541 396 7830.
Reporter Tyler Richardson can be reached at 541 269 1222 ext. 236, or at email@example.com.