Missing Gresham woman found dead in Lincoln City

Jeanene Beck was visiting Lincoln City with her son

An undated photo of Jeanene M. Beck with a family member (Courtesy: Jesse Smith, November 18, 2017)
An undated photo of Jeanene M. Beck with a family member (Courtesy: Jesse Smith, November 18, 2017)

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (KOIN) — A Gresham woman who went missing Thursday night was found dead Friday night in Lincoln City. She was found less than 10 hours after she was reported missing.

An undated photo of Jeanene M. Beck. (Lincoln City Police Department)

Lincoln City Police said 50-year-old Jeanene M. Beck was visiting Lincoln City with her 23-year-old son with autism and staying at the Rodeway Inn, 1070 SE 1st Street.

Beck’s son reported that she had returned to the motel room after going out for dinner Thursday evening. At 9 p.m. she left the room to have a cigarette. Beck’s son indicated that his mom didn’t returned to the motel room afterwards.

An undated photo of Jeanene M. Beck with a family member (Courtesy: Jesse Smith, November 18, 2017)
An undated photo of Jeanene M. Beck with a family member (Courtesy: Jesse Smith, November 18, 2017)

Both Beck’s vehicle and purse were still at the motel.

Family members and friends came to Lincoln City to help find Beck. At 9:40 p.m. Friday, Beck’s body was found in the canal that runs behind Rodeway Inn.

Upon initial examination, there were no visible signs of injury.

Jesse Smith, one of Jeanene’s sons, told KOIN 6 News he spoke with his mom on Thursday afternoon. He said she was happy and there were no signs she was in distress.

“If you want my honest belief, someone wanted something from her, if you know what I mean. And she probably turned them down things went sour,” Smith said by phone. “I don’t believe it was suicide.”

Authorities do not believe the death is suspicious but they are awaiting autopsy results.