PRESS RELEASES/ MEDIA REPORTS

February 2024
  • The Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office has positively identified the skeletal remains that were recovered on the banks of the Columbia River in Kalama, on July 23, 2022. A jawbone had been discovered just off Tidewater Drive in Kalama, along the river. It was submitted for DNA and recently returned, matching a decedent that had gone missing on January 12, 2022, from Portland, OR. The remains of Barry M. Rezansoff, DOB: 03/13/1967, were recovered from a beach on the Columbia River, in Clatskanie, OR, on June 25th, 2022. Positive identification was confirmed by DNA and dental records. Both confirming a match for Mr. Barry Rezansoff of Oregon. No further information will be released.
January 2024
  • The Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office responded to a death investigation on Monday, January 1, 2024, in Longview. An autopsy was performed Tuesday January 2nd, with the results as follows. Katelynn R. Smith, age 29 of Longview. Cause of death has been determined to be, “Multiple gunshot wounds” Manner being Homicide.
November 2023
  • The Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office has completed the autopsy on a 50-year-old male, Sergey Vladimirovich Fedoruk, who was found unconscious and not breathing in his cell at the Cowlitz County Jail on the morning of November 1, 2023. An autopsy was performed on Wednesday November 1st and the cause and manner have been determined to be that of a probable seizure due to complications of schizophrenia. The manner is natural. No other information will be released.
September 2023
  • The Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office responded to a death investigation on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, in Kelso. An autopsy was performed today, Thursday September 7th, with the results as follows. Anthony A. Jennings, age 37 of Kelso Cause of death has been determined to be, “Multiple gunshot wounds of chest and abdomen,” Manner being Homicide. Although the coroner’s investigation may be concluded, this does not mean that the investigation for Law Enforcement is completed. No other information will be released
July 2023
  • The Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office has positively identified the human remains that were recovered from the Cowlitz River in Longview, WA, on July 11, 2022. Specimens were submitted for DNA and recently returned, with a match for Bryan M. Heinrich Sr. (DOB: 3/01/1967).  ID was confirmed by DNA and Tattoos. No further information will be released.
June 2023
  • The Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office has positively identified the individual recovered from the Columbia River on 06/15/23 as Nora Shadle, age 73 from Longview. The cause of death is blunt force trauma to the neck, manner of death is suicide.
May 2023
  • The Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office has identified the 3 decedents located at the call where local Law Enforcement had responded to earlier in the day. Information gathered from the scene investigation, on May 19, 2023, revealed the decedent’s as: Mark A. Beam (DOB: 5/16/1948), Candice J. Beam (DOB:11/30/1948), and Isaac A. Beam (DOB:07/20/1993), all of Kelso, Washington. Cause and manner of death are pending autopsy, and the circumstances of the death are still under investigation by both the Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office and the Kelso Police Department. Please refer any question pertaining to the cause, manner, and mechanism of death to the Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office, 360-577-3079, and any other information regarding the investigation to the Kelso Police Department Investigations Unit, 360-423-1270.
  • UPDATE: The Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office has completed the autopsies on the 3 persons involved in the Kelso call on Friday May 19, 2023. Although the coroner’s investigation may be concluded, this does not mean that the investigation for Law Enforcement is completed. Family has been notified; please respect their time to grieve. Results of the autopsies performed on Monday May 22, and Tuesday May 23, 2023, are as follows: Mark A. Beam, age 75 of Kelso, Cause of death has been determined to be due to, “Multiple Gunshot Wounds,” Manner being Homicide. Candice J. Beam, age 74 of Kelso, Cause of death has been determined to be due to, “Multiple Gunshot Wounds,” Manner being Homicide. Isaac A. Beam, age 29 of Kelso, Cause of death has been determined to be due to, “Gunshot Wound of Head,” Manner being Suicide.
  • The Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office has positively identified the individual recovered from the Toutle River on 05/02/23 as Ronald C. White, age 57 from Longview. The cause and manner of death are pending further investigation.
  • UPDATE: The Cowlitz County Coroner's Office has completed the investigation of Ronald White. Cause of death is determined to be cardiovascular disease, due to coronary artery disease, due to essential hypertension, with the manner as natural.
February 2023
  • The Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office has positively identified the skeletal remains that were recovered on the banks of the Columbia River in Longview, WA just west of the Lewis and Clark bridge, on February 20, 2020. These were submitted for DNA and recently returned, matching a decedent that had been missing since February of 2017. Positive identification was confirmed by DNA and dental records. Both confirming a match for Jade D. Feigert (DOB: 12/14/1994), of Clatskanie, OR. No further information will be released.
February 24, 2023
  • The Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office has positively identified the individual recovered from the Toutle River on 02/24/23 as Max A. Schuetze, age 36 from Tenino. The cause and manner of death are pending autopsy.
  • Update:  The Cowlitz County Coroner's Office has completed the examination on Max Schuetze. The cause of death is determined to be fresh water drowning and the manner of death is undetermined. No further information will be released.