CANNON BEACH — The Cannon Beach Police Department is investigating the death of a woman found on the beach Wednesday morning.

Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn said a man who had been walking with his family discovered the body and called dispatch around 7:30 a.m.

Police and Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue responded, finding Lorraine Wilkins, 48, of Fairview, W..V., near Taft Street on the ocean shore in an outgoing tide.

They confirmed her death upon arrival.

Schermerhorn said Wilkins had no identification on her, but was later identified by her fingerprints.

At this point, he added, it’s difficult to tell whether she washed up onto the shore or was there when she died.

“It doesn’t seem to be foul play,” the police chief noted.

But the cause of death is being investigated by police and the Clatsop County medical examiner.

Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area of Taft and the beach on Tuesday evening or during the early hours of Wednesday morning is asked to call Lt. Chris Wilbur at 503-436-8072.


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