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Newberg man found dead near Depoe Bay

Public safety — Deputy finds the body of Michael A. Lyman near the Cape Foulweather observatory in an apparent suicide


A Newberg man was found dead near a picturesque lookout on the Oregon coast on the morning of Oct. 15 in what public safety officials are saying appears to be a case of suicide.

A sheriff’s deputy found the body of Michael A. Lyman, 24, near the observatory at Cape Foulweather in Lincoln County south of Depoe Bay. An initial investigation indicates Lyman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Newberg-Dundee Police officials contacted area agencies after an officer was dispatched to Lyman’s grandparent’s Newberg home earlier that day. There they were provided with a note, according to NDPD Capt. Jeff Kosmicki, that detailed Lyman’s intentions and the area where he could be found.

“Our dispatch center then put out an ATL (attempt to locate) to surrounding agencies and then specifically called the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office,” he said.

Kosmicki said Lyman absconded with a late-model Chevrolet Aveo, sometime between 11 p.m. the previous evening and 3 a.m. that morning. A description of the car was forwarded to public safety agencies.

According to an OSP press release, the ATL went out at 7 a.m. Wednesday and spurred OSP troopers and LCSO deputies to be on the lookout for the potentially suicidal man in the area of Cape Foulweather. Forty-five minutes later a LCSO deputy found the man’s vehicle at a parking lot adjacent to the lookout and discovered Lyman’s body inside.

The death is being investigated by the OSP as well as the Lincoln County medical examiner. Kosmicki said the NDPD’s part in the investigation has concluded.

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