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Body of Missing Jet Skier Found in Ocean Off Depoe BaySalem-News.com
Coast Guard personnel retrieved the man's body about 7:30 a.m.
(LINCOLN CITY) - Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the State Medical Examiner's Office and Lincoln City Police Department, are investigating the cause of death of an adult male found early Tuesday morning floating in the ocean off Depoe Bay.
The deceased was identified as 24-year old Daniel Lee Ahlers of Lincoln City, who was reported missing Monday evening to Lincoln City Police Department after he failed to return from jet skiing in the ocean.
On March 4, 2013 at approximately 9:30 p.m., Lincoln City Police Department was contacted by the girlfriend of a 24-year old Daniel Lee Ahlers of Lincoln City reporting he was overdue from jet skiing in the ocean.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office deputies located the man's vehicle and jet ski trailer in the parking lot at Knight Park near the mouth of Salmon River north of Lincoln City.
The U.S. Coast Guard launched a boat and helicopter to search the ocean off Lincoln City. At approximately 1:00 a.m. an abandoned jet ski was spotted in the ocean off Salmon River and the continuing search led to the discovery of a body floating in the water about a mile off shore north of Depoe Bay.
Coast Guard personnel retrieved the body about 7:30 a.m. and brought it to the Depoe Bay Station, but conditions kept them from retrieving the jet ski.
OSP Fish & Wildlife Trooper Heather Van Meter responded to start a death investigation. With the assistance of a deputy medical examiner, the body was identified as Ahlers. An autopsy is tentatively pending to help determine the cause of death.
Source: Oregon State Police
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