Body found floating off Coos Bay identified as Portland man

COOS BAY, Ore. - The dead man found floating in the bay off Charleston has been identified as a Portland man jailed earlier this month on a harassment charge.

The Coos County Sheriff's Office tentatively identified the man as 60-year-old Michael Edwards McInroe.

Investigators have been unable to locate any next of kin for McInroe.

He was last in contact with authorities November 16 when Portland Police arrested him on a harassment charge and booked him into the Multnomah County Jail, the sheriff's office said.

The circumstances of McInroe's death and how he came to be in the navigable waters off Oregon remain under investigation, the sheriff's office said.

An autopsy is still pending, the sheriff's office said.

McInroe's body was spotted by a passing fishing boat Wednesday near a navigation buoy in Charleston Bay.

The U.S. Coast Guard recovered the body and brought it ashore.

Investigators initially could not identify the body. The sheriff's office released a description of McInroe and a photograph of a distinctive tattoo on his shoulder to the media in a public appeal for help identifying the man.