CHARLESTON — Police identified the body found floating in the bay Wednesday as a 60-year-old Portland man.
The Coos County Sheriff’s Office said Michael Edwards McInroe was found dead in the bay near Charleston around 12:30 p.m.
The Sheriff’s Office said the circumstances of McInroe’s death remain “suspicious,” and foul play has not been ruled out.
Police are not sure how McInroe got to Coos County. He was last seen around Nov. 16 in Portland after being arrested on harassment charges.
McInroe was booked and released from the Multnomah County jail following his arrest, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Sgt. Pat Downing said McInroe’s body has visible marks on it that are consistent with someone who has been “thrashed” around the bay, but no visible major trauma wounds that would indicate McInroe was shot or stabbed.
The Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip last night that helped them identify McInroe, and Downing said the Sheriff’s Office also confirmed McInroe’s identity through fingerprints, a stoma in his throat and a tattoo on his left shoulder.
An autopsy will be performed to determine a cause of death and if there were drugs or alcohol in his system.
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