Coos Bay death classified as homicide

0301 coos bay, bastendorff beachCoos County, Ore. — An autopsy reveals the body of man found inside a van is the victim of a homicide.

The Coos County Sheriff’s Office found 50-year-old Byron Sheritt dead Saturday at Bastendorff Beach, near Coos Bay. According to Coos Coounty District Attorney R. Paul Frasier, a recently conducted autopsy prompted authorities to classify the death as a homicide. The autopsy showed Sheritt died from gunshot wounds to the head.

No suspects have been identified at this point.

Anyone in the parking lot near the South Jetty anytime last week is asked to call the Coos County Sheriff’s Office at 541-396-7800.

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