Autopsy: Gresham woman found dead in Lincoln City drowned

Jeanene Beck was visiting Lincoln City with her 23-year-old 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) — The Gresham woman who was reported missing and found dead in Lincoln City died as a result of drowning, according to preliminary reports from the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Jeanene Beck was visiting Lincoln City with her 23-year-old son who has autism. They were staying at the Rodeway Inn — located at 1070 SE 1st Street.

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)

Beck’s son reported that she had returned to the motel room after going out for dinner Thursday, Nov. 16. 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 and reported her missing Friday afternoon. She was found less than 10 hours later.

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.

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.

On Wednesday, Lincoln City Police said an autopsy Sunday revealed the probable cause of Beck’s death is drowning. Detectives have concluded that she didn’t die under any suspicious circumstances.