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Body of missing fisherman found

Bret Yates
Friday, June 29, 2018

The body of Scappoose man who disappeared while fishing on the coast was found June 16 in Fort Stevens State Park.

Bret Allen Yates, 52, had been reported missing June 13 when he failed to return from a fishing trip. The area was searched Wednesday and the Coast Guard issues multiple warnings throughout the day, asking boaters to be on the lookout for him.

His body washed ashore at Social Security Beach, on the river side of Fort Stevens.

Foul play is not suspected and there was nothing suspicious related to the death, the Clatsop County Sheriff's Department reported. 

Yates left his home about 7:45 p.m. June 12 and planned to fish from the beach near South Jetty. He’d texted his wife at 9:45 p.m. to let her know he’d arrived at Fort Stevens.

Yates’ wife reported him missing Wednesday morning after he failed to return home as planned.


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