Douglas County Sheriff's Office


 Justice Building • Roseburg, Oregon 97470 • (541) 440-4450

John Hanlin


Date/Time of Release:  03/25/2013 - 11:20
Contact Person:  Lt. Chris Merrifield  
Contact Number:  541-440-4486  
Subject:  Homicide Investigation Update  
Date/Time of Incident:  03/21/2013 - 10:45
Incident Location:  809 Soup Creek Rd, Loon Lake, OR  
Case Number:  13-1115   
Deceased/Victim:  Coates, Paul F. / 76 yoa (DOB 7/19/36) / Loon Lake, OR

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is continuing to investigate the homicide of Paul Coates, age 76. Coates was found deceased in his residence on March 21, 2013.

An autopsy was conducted on March 22, 2013, by the Oregon State Medical Examiner in Clackamas, Oregon. The autopsy confirmed that his death was caused by a gunshot to the head.

Detectives are continuing to conduct interviews of Loon Lake residents and other associates of Paul Coates. Oregon State Police Crime Lab personnel responded and processed the crime scene. The evidence seized will now be sent to the lab for processing.

The victim, Paul Coates, lived alone at his residence.

The investigation is continuing.

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