Sheriff's Office

After four days of searching, search and rescue members of the Curry County Sheriff's Office located the body of a man reported missing December 30.

Sheriff John Ward reported around 1:45 p.m., the body of Jeffrey Scherbarth was located in heavy brush and timber off 220 Road about 20 miles east of Gold Beach. It appeared he had died several days earlier.

Ward reported the sheriff's office was notified December 30 that Scherbarth was missing after his dog was located on Agness Road near Nail Keg Creek. The last time anyone has seen Scherbarth was November 23.

That night, search and rescue members responded and checked over the banks of Agness Road near where the dog had been found. On New Year's Eve, search and rescue members returned to the area and walked from Lobster Creek to Agness, covering about 20 miles while searching for Scherbarth.

Late that night, his vehicle was found on 220 Road. Scherbarth was not in the vehicle, but an older dog was located and rescued.

On New Year's Day, the search continued with members of Agness Fire and Rescue and Gold Beach Fire and Rescue joining in the search. Finally, on January 2, search and rescue members found Scherbarth's body. SAR members had to use chain saws to cut a path in the brush so his body could be carried out. The body was released to Redwood Memorial out of Brookings.

"I couldn’t be prouder than I am with my SAR team, and the SAR coordinators," Ward said. "They gave up their New Years celebrations and spent the time away from their own family to bring closure to Scherbarth’s family. Our condolences to the family and friends."

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