Man Killed In CA Tsunami Wave Washes Ashore Near Astoria - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

California Tsunami Victim Found Washed Ashore 380 Miles Away

KGW.COM - A body that washed ashore near the south jetty in Fort Stevens State Park on April 2nd has been identified as the man swept out to sea a month ago by a tsunami wave in California that was generated in Japan.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office used dental records to identify Dustin Douglas Weber.

Weber was reported missing March 11 near the mouth of the Klamath River in Del Norte County, California. Relatives in Del Norte County have been notified.

His was the first death of a person on the West Coast by a tsunami since 1964, when 11th people in nearby Crescent City died from the surge created by an earthquake in Alaska.

The 25-year-old man had just moved to Klamath, Calif. from Bend, Oregon, where he grew up.

Leaving his teenage drug abuse behind in Oregon, Dustin Weber was seeking a new beginning along California's rugged far northern coast, happy to be in the land of his mother's heritage, the Yurok Tribe.

"His life was always challenged with drug issues and being Indian," his mother, Lori Davis, of Bend, told the Associated Press a month ago. She had searched miles of beach with family members and friends for her son's body.

"One of the things we fight most is drugs and alcohol. He's been clean and sober for a long time. I just feel like, you know, finally he was so happy. He has never been this happy in a long time," she said. "There have been so many times he was so close to death from other issues in his life. You know, it just doesn't make sense to me."

Dustin was born in Bend, and his parents separated when he was 5. He lived with his father, who works for a grocery chain. His mother remarried, then divorced again.

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