Portland man ID'd as John Doe found off Shelter Cove coast

A 56-year-old Portland, Oregon, man has been identified as the John Doe who was found drowned off the coast of Shelter Cove last August, the county coroner's office announced today.

The coroner's office and Department of Justice identified the man as Mark Stanley Hebbard, an "avid sailor with considerable boating experience," a coroner's office release states.

Fishermen found Hebbard dead a mile off the coast near Whistle Buoy on Aug. 23, 2013. His body was taken to the coroner's office, where an autopsy determined drowning as the cause of death. The manner of Hebbard's death couldn't be determined, according to the release, but there was no evidence that it was criminal in nature. Toxicology findings detected some alcohol in his system, but no common drugs.

The coroner's office release said the "friendly, outgoing" man was last heard from in July 2013, and he arrived in Eureka that month after living on a sail boat in Texas. His work experience included construction and refurbishing boats, and the release added that he was known for his Mexican tile works.

Hebbard's belongings were never recovered, including his wallet and cellphone, the release states. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the coroner's office at 445-7242.

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