Body Found At Beverly Beach State Park

A state police investigation unfolded Sunday, Aug. 27, after a body was found at Beverly Beach State Park near Newport.

On August 23, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a missing person from the Medford area. Steven Strauss, 71, was last seen in Dallas on Aug. 22, when he was visiting his brother for the eclipse. Efforts to locate Strauss were unsuccessful.

 On Aug. 27, the Oregon State Police Newport Area Command was notified of a non-responsive male, in his vehicle, at the Beverly Beach State Park. Troopers and emergency workers responded to the scene and confirmed the vehicle belonged to Strauss and the male was Strauss. Strauss was confirmed deceased.

Strauss’s wife had reported to Jackson County Sheriff’s Office a concern of his past medical conditions. The investigation at the scene did not suggest any concern of foul play.

¬†Steven Strauss had been employed with the Oregon State Police from Nov. 1972 to Sept. 1999. Throughout Strauss’ career, he graduated from recruit school and was eventually promoted to Lieutenant. Strauss retired as a Forensic Criminalist 3 from the Central Point Crime Lab.
Information provided by OSP