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Matthew Manley, 42, was reported missing on New Year's Day after crabbing from a kayak in the Seaside Estuary.

COURTESY OF SEASIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT - The body of Matthew Manley, 42, was found near the waterline of the Pacific Ocean west of the Seaside Turnaround on Tuesday.The body of a Tualatin man reported last seen in his kayak near the Seaside Estuary on New Year's Day has been found.

Seaside police report they found the body of Matthew Manley, 42, near the waterline of the Pacific Ocean west of the Seaside Turnaround on Tuesday.

Manley was reported missing on Monday around 2:45 p.m. after having gone crabbing from a kayak in the Seaside Estuary near the mouth of the Necanicum River. Late that afternoon, Seaside Fire and Rescue as well as the U.S. Coast Guard responded to assist with the search for Manley. 

Coast Guard crews deployed included Sector Columbia River Helicopter crews on rotation and 47-foot motor lifeboats on rotation from Station Cape Disappointment.  The U.S. Coast Guard continued searching for Manley through the evening hours with helicopter crews, and overnight by boat, until 1 p.m. on Tuesday when the search was called off.

Halting the search was the result of the Coast Guard's survivability model based on weather conditions, survival equipment and the assets involved.

Meanwhile, the Seaside Police Department is still looking for the missing kayak as officials believe it may have been removed from the beach shoreline on Jan. 2.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Guy Knight with the Seaside Police Department at 503-738-6311.  Seaside officials remind those recreating in and around open waters to use extreme caution any time of year. Water temperatures in the winter are near 50 degrees and can result in hypothermia in a very short amount of time.

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