Missing Rainier man, 88, found dead in Wash.

Police don't know where the man was headed or why he left his car

Ben Gano, 88, was last seen May 30 after leaving Colville for his home in Rainier, officials said. (Columbia County Sheriff's Office)
Ben Gano, 88, was last seen May 30 after leaving Colville for his home in Rainier, officials said. (Columbia County Sheriff's Office)

STARBUCK, Wash. (AP) — A coroner says an 88-year-old Rainier, Oregon, man who was last seen May 30 has been found dead in rural southeast Washington.

The Oregonian reports that Columbia County, Washington, Coroner Rea Culwell says the body of Shirley Benjamin Gano was found Monday outside the town of Starbuck. She says he was about 300 feet from the BMW he’d been driving.

Culwell says there were no signs of foul play and Gano didn’t appear to have been in a car crash.

An autopsy was planned.

Gano was seen leaving a relative’s house in Colville, Washington, on May 30, but never arrived home in Rainier.

Culwell says police don’t know where the man was headed or why he left his car. The investigation continues.

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