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Death of Depoe Bay woman ruled a drowning; no sign of foul play

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Katy Roe (Photo: Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office) Katy Roe (Photo: Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office)
DEPOE BAY, OR (KPTV) -

Investigators have found no evidence of foul play in the death of a woman who was missing for three weeks before her body was recovered on the Oregon coast.

Katy Roe, 22, was reported missing after she did not return home from Wing Wa Restaurant & Lounge on April 17.

Family members said she was having a drink with her grandmother and sent a text message saying she was leaving the bar and walking home at around 2 a.m., but wanted to stop and enjoy the moon and beautiful night.

U.S. Coast Guard crews recovered her body May 5 just outside the jaws of Depoe Bay Harbor.

Deputies said the condition of her body indicated she had been in the water since the time of her disappearance.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy and determined the probable cause of death was drowning, as there were no signs of traumatic injuries or trauma.

Toxicology results are still pending.

The Lincoln County Major Crime Team investigation found no evidence that Roe's death was the result of a crime. However, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office investigations division is maintaining an open case on Roe's death.

"The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office remains committed to Katy's family to actively pursue any viable investigative leads," according to a sheriff's office statement.

Deputies said Roe's cellphone and other personal items were not recovered with her body. They are presumed lost in the ocean and there are no plans to search for them, according to the sheriff's office.

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