NEWPORT — Authorities on Wednesday morning recovered the body of a man reportedly found floating face up in the waters of Yaquina Bay near the Port of Newport Public Fishing Pier.
Newport Police Chief Jason Malloy confirmed to the News-Times on Thursday that his department responded to the scene, and that a body had been recovered by U.S. Coast Guard personnel.
“We are not releasing any information, as the incident is under investigation,” Malloy wrote in an emailed response to voicemail messages left by the News-Times seeking information. “As the investigation progresses, and appropriate, we will release information.”
Malloy later returned an email inquiry from the News-Times, asking if the Newport Police Department is treating the death as “suspicious” and when it would release the name of the deceased. It was unclear as of the News-Times’ press deadline on Thursday whether or not foul play is suspected.
“We have not confirmed the circumstance involving the death,” Malloy wrote. “The tricky part is we generally don’t release identities unless our investigation involves foul play. If a death is ruled a suicide, we generally do not release details or identity.”
The man was spotted floating under the fishing pier at about 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, according to emergency dispatch traffic. When responders arrived at the scene at about 9:05 a.m., they reportedly located the body drifting out to the end of the pier.
The News-Times will update this story if and when additional information is made available.