Body of woman swept to sea in Curry County found

Body was found Friday by residents

Gold Beach resident Karen Marie Dunlap was on the ocean shore at the South Jetty of the Rogue River. (OSP)
Gold Beach resident Karen Marie Dunlap was on the ocean shore at the South Jetty of the Rogue River. (OSP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The body of the woman who was swept to sea in Curry County on Thursday was found Friday.

Oregon State Police said 57-year-old Katie Marie Dunlap of Gold Beach was on the ocean shore at the South Jetty of the Rogue River when she was swept out to sea by a large wave.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Oregon State Police, Gold Beach PD and Curry County Sheriff Office initiated an active search of the area, but the search was called off at 10 a.m. Friday due to sea and weather conditions being hazardous.

Citizens in the area called authorities Friday after finding a body in the Rogue River — which was near the area of the sand pit where Dunlap was last seen.

Authorities retrieved the body and later identified the body as Dunlap.