well we thought this was a quiet little RV park on the Pacific coastline...
But the past few days have been more like the set of CSI: Oregon.
A local fisherman went missing and his abandoned vehicle was found alongside Highway 101 by our RV park. That's the story the cops told us when they canvassed the area, searching for info.
The previous afternoon My Fella and I had walked the whole stretch of beach across from the RV park and remembered stepping over a pile of wet clothes at the edge of the shoreline. They were really out of place since the beaches in Oregon are very clean.
The deputy that came to our rig asking questions was excited about this new info and asked us to pinpoint exactly where we saw the pile of clothes. The cops then strung up crime scene tape and completely blocked off beach access.
For the past few days there have been numerous police vehicles and investigators at the beach and a search & rescue chopper combing the area.
A lot of time and police resources were spent on this search; no doubt there's more to it than we were told.
We haven't seen anything reported via the local news outlets, but this has been a good reminder to stay alert when travelling. Even in the most peaceful, beautiful parts of the USA (or Canada or Mexico, etc) bad things can and do happen.
(update: an Oregon tv station is reporting that a suspect - found naked and covered in blood - has been charged with second degree manslaughter of the fisherman. holy cow.)
Edited again on April 9/14: During my morning walk with the dogs, there was a woman down on the beach reading something that was written in the sand:
It was a RIP message from the family of the man who died. Very sad.