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Note from the publisher: We have redacted the name and address of the property owner who found the body believed to be that of missing person Cameron Shelden on her property. The story has been changed to reflect a need for privacy and to minimize harm.

Shelden was found in dense vegetation, not buried, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff Office’s news release.

The body of Seattle-area railroad engineer Cameron Shelden, missing from Rose Lodge for over two weeks, was found Tuesday by the property owner on her property.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the property owner Tuesday advising a deceased subject was located on the property.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives responded to the property and were directed to a location outside of the area previously searched with the excavation equipment.

Detectives located the remains of a highly decomposed subject in dense vegetation. The body was preemptively identified as missing person Cameron Shelden.

LCSO Search and Rescue was activated Monday, Sept. 2, after Shelden was reported missing a day earlier and performed several search operations over multiple days with ground search volunteers, specially trained K9s and drones.

Sheriff’s deputies returned to the home Saturday, Sept. 14, with search and rescue, cadaver dogs, volunteers and three detectives. They also hired a contractor to dig with an excavator.

Cameron Shelden Body
This slope on the property is where neighbors said authorities were digging and searching

Deputies and detectives left the property after the second search and said they “had very little to go on,” but were “continuing the investigation and following up on leads.”

“I loved him. He was my best friend,” the property owner said in a phone interview with Homepage Monday night.

She said she was interviewed multiple times by detectives and said she was “ruled out as a suspect.” She said she gave authorities permission to search her property and “cooperated fully” with detectives.

“There was no fight that morning,” she told Homepage, “The last time I saw him, he was walking down my driveway with his bag on his shoulder.”

Friends and family of Shelden searched for him in the woods around the property on multiple occasions and started a GoFundMe page to hire a private investigator.

The Lincoln County Sheriff requested the Oregon State Police Forensics Services Division respond for scene processing.

More forensics analysis will be conducted.

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According to a Lincoln County Sheriff news release:

On September 14, 2019 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, along with members of Lincoln County Search and Rescue, and the Lincoln City Police Department, resumed searching a property on Widow Creek Road for missing person Cameron Shelden. Searchers utilized drone technology and dogs trained to detect human remains and excavation assistance from the Lincoln County Road Department. The search was done with the consent of the property owner. The team searched extensively in the large area of difficult terrain and heavy brush, but Mr. Shelden was not located.

On the morning of September 17, 2019, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the property owner advising a deceased subject was located on the property. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives responded to the property and were directed to a location outside of the area previously searched with the excavation equipment. Detectives located the remains of a highly decomposed subject in dense vegetation. The subject was presumptively identified as missing person Cameron Shelden.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s requested the Oregon State Police Forensics Services Division respond for scene processing. More forensics analysis will be conducted. The case remains as an open death investigation.

Previous Coverage:

Search for missing Seattle-area man intensifies in Rose Lodge

Seattle railroad engineer goes missing from Rose Lodge

 

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  1. Why isn’t anyone talking about THE FACT he had a double life and was into gay escorting, complete with profile on several gay casual sex sites and Lisa happened to see him texting “Male friend” and questioned him about it as texts were explicit right as she saw it, she wasn’t mad she was confused, he was confronted with his double life became distraught and left everything, but gun and back pack walked enough distance away; if you seen arial footage of property, that it’s very plausible he committed suicide and no one heard one shot isn’t also hunting season so easily dismissed, that’s what inside sources believed happened , hence her and lcso employee ruled out,its not like there’s 3 shots and then ruled a suicide, no its one shot and because of location and recent weather body was decomposed, y’all watch to much CSI, bet you all know who killed Kennedy, what’s at area 51, and have a list of all the Clinton murders, lol this town isn’t corrupt it’s great just dont be a dumbass and break the law, pretty simple concept really, as to having a jail guard live on her property there were several other renters as well, duh big property, all ruled out as suspects, if you live out here you know we have a housing crisis, and she was an ambulance driver, out here there is certainly nepotism but it’s not as sinister as portrayed here, it’s just these people work with each other sometimes and just hapoens they roommate or rent out the studio above the garage, in general there is alot of that out here with homeowners, maybe it’s time to face the reality that from all accounts he was a nice guy, gentle spoken, but he lived a double life and when confronted by the reality of it all simply and obviously couldn’t handle it… get over it death happens everyday he chose his path stop harassing this woman ever think she just list her boyfriend but only after finding out he was many guys boyfriend and yall out here just running your mouths like your Judge Judy, lol smh yall need to get f-ing life, you must all lead sad lives, try taking all that righteousness and go feed the homeless, volunteer and your local school, pick trash, anything or simply go kill yourself like this weak minded boy, cause it’s obvious from these comments there is an overpopulation of human waste so do me a favor and stop stealing my oxygen…

  2. “They had a fight and Lisa said he went walking into the woods,” April Shelden said. Cameron left the house without his wallet, keys or cell phone, his wife said.

  3. I find it very hard to believe that after all the dogs sniffing, drones overhead, vehicles unearthing things, searchers everywhere, the woman, Lisa, the girlfriend just HAPPENS TO FIND HIS BODY ON HER PROPERTY.
    It was hidden in heavy brush. SUSPICIOUS!!!

  4. More cover up from a small town. Bottom line is there NEEDS to be further investigation from an outside agency with zero ties to this seemingly crooked town. You can only hide so long before the truth comes forward. Smoke and mirrors won’t fool anyone. We won’t stop until we get the truth!!!

  5. I am very concerned about the change in this story. I appreciate the removal of full names, addresses and home locations. However, there are some very key points that were made in the earlier article that are no longer being addressed or have been completely changed in your new article.
    1. LCSO employee living on the property that has worked for the jail for 6 months?
    2. Conflict of interest with LCSO?
    3. Tip to OSP to reinvestigate?
    4. Body being buried in the previously searched mound?
    I feel there needs to be more of an explanation as to the redaction. Did Justin Werner completely fabricate the first story? Here is a direct quote from your webpage “Lincoln City Homepage Owner/Publisher Justin Werner has a passion for honest and unbiased journalism”?? This does not seem very honest or unbiased.

  6. Why was this story changed so drastically from your original report? I understand redacting her personal info… but how does the complete story change?

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