Man found dead in Coos Bay was beaten, stabbed

Randall Harless

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A Coos Bay man killed at his home Saturday died from a traumatic brain injury as a result of blunt force trauma, according to an autopsy performed Tuesday.

Coos Bay District Attorney Paul Frasier said Randall Harless, 55, had several skull fractures from multiple blows to the head. Harless was also stabbed several times in the side, shoulder and chest.

Harless’ autopsy revealed the stab wound to his chest punctured his lung and liver.

Police still have made no arrests in the slaying, and Frasier declined to release any new information Tuesday, saying the case is still under investigation.

Police found Harless, who lived in a trailer on his parents’ property, lying in his driveway on 820 Augustine Ave., seriously injured, shortly after 9 p.m. He was later pronounced dead at Bay Area Hospital.

Parents heard noise

Harless’ parents, who were home at the time of the incident, said they heard a noise, but thought it was their son closing the garage door as he usually does.

Police are looking for a man described as between 5-foot-10 and 6 feet tall, and weighing between 180-200 pounds. The man was last seen heading toward Empire Lakes. The man may have been carrying a backpack.

Tracking dogs picked up nothing after being dispersed Sunday.

Frasier told The World it is “hard to say” if the community is in danger with the killer on the loose because the motive for the slaying is not clear.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Coos Bay police department at 541-269-8911.

Reporter Tyler Richardson can be reached at 541-269-1222 ext. 236, or at


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