A body was found early Friday morning floating in the surf at Lincoln Beach about two miles north of Depoe Bay, and prior to positive identification there is strong speculation that it may be a Woodburn man missing since Saturday from a plane crash.
An area resident reported seeing a body floating at Lincoln Beach south of Gleneden Beach near daylight on March 23, Oregon State Police (OSP) reported. The body was retrieved with the assistance of the US Coast Guard and Depoe Bay Fire Department personnel, and was taken to a local funeral home where the medical examiner will attempt to make a positive identification.
OSP said the body has not yet been identified, but family members of 61-year old Larry Underhill of Woodburn were notified of the situation. Underhill was a passenger in a plane that went down off the coast in the Lincoln City area on Saturday. Troopers said debris from the crash was found both Saturday and Sunday, and on Wednesday the body of the plane's pilot washed ashore.
Pilot Raymond Patrick Mullen, 58, of Silverton, was found at Salishan Spit south of Lincoln city, troopers said. That area is about three to four miles north of the area where the second body was found Friday.