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Body Found on Oregon Coast Identified

The bodies of James Niber and Curtis Heuer were previously recovered.

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(CANNON BEACH, Ore. ) - A body that washed up onto the beach Sunday afternoon about 2 1/2 miles south of Cannon Beach was positively identified by the Clatsop County Medical Examiner as a Newberg man missing since a February 23rd boating incident in the Columbia River.

Next of kin have been notified.

64-year-old Lawrence Gene Nibler, from Newberg, was one of three men who died in the February 23rd boating incident. According to a Clatsop County Sheriff's Office news release, Lawrence Nibler was on a fishing trip with 54-year-old James Niber, and 52-year-old Curtis Heuer all from Newberg. While crabbing near buoy 22 in Hammond, a crab pot line became entangled in the out-drive of their 17-foot open bow Weldcraft vessel and the boat subsequently capsized. The three men were thrown into the water.

The bodies of James Niber and Curtis Heuer were previously recovered. On April 6, 2008 at approximately 4:45 PM a person walking on the beach found the partial remains of an adult male south of Cannon Beach. Oregon State Police, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, and Cannon Beach Fire Department responded to the scene.

Positive identification was made using dental records.

Source: Oregon State Police

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