WALDPORT — Late Friday evening, Jan. 15, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers recovered the body of 60-year-old woman from the surf near the mouth of the Alsea River after family reported the woman missing earlier that evening from the Bayshore area.
According to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office news release issued on Sunday, Toni L. Goessman’s husband, Steve, contacted emergency dispatch at about 5:15 p.m. Friday to report his wife was missing after taking her dogs for a walk about two hours’ prior. Grossman’s husband reportedly grew concerned when one of the couple’s two dogs returned home by itself, “soaking wet.”
Goessman’s husband told authorities his wife regularly walks their dogs on the beach, and that he drove around the area. But he could not search for his wife on foot due his limited mobility, according to the sheriff’s office.
“Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area and conducted a preliminary search,” Sunday’s news release reads. “Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue was activated, and additional personnel began searching the area. The U.S. Coast Guard was also notified, and their assistance was requested.”
Search and rescue volunteers reportedly discovered Goessman’s body at 10:32 p.m. that evening in the surf. The sheriff’s office reported an initial investigation determined the circumstances around Goessman’s death do not appear suspicious. The second Goessman dog was not found.
“The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office extends its deepest condolences to the Goessman family and would like to remind members of the public to please use caution when recreating near waterways,” the department wrote in the release.
The Goessman family, as of Monday morning, was still searching for its missing dog, named Tango. The boxer mix was last seen wearing a purple harness and a collar with a brass tag with the phrase “Wanna Dance” on the back.
The Waldport-area community established a “Meal Train” website during the weekend to help the Goessman family with food and exercising the Goessman’s animals. To participate, go to https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/4qw94m.