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Coos County Missing Man Found Deceased Near Home
A Coos County man missing from his home in the West Catching Area was found yesterday around 11 AM by a search team from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. 78-year-old Richard Allen Ellerby went missing on October 2nd from his home. Search crews began to search for Ellerby around 4:30 PM on October 2nd and continued the search through yesterday. The Coos County Medical Examiner’s Office was called to the scene yesterday afternoon and determined the cause of death to be hypothermia. Ellerby was wearing a pair of sweatpants, t-shirt, socks and loafers when he went missing and when he was found. This was inadequate attire to keep his core temperatures up. The Coos County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by volunteers from the Lane, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Curry and Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office as well as Sumner and Lakeside Fire Department and Coos Forest Protection Association and other local agencies.