Couple caught by sneaker wave can be laid to rest

The Myers couple before this coastal tragedy.
The Myers couple before this coastal tragedy.

YACHATS, Ore. – The search for southeast Portland comedian Michael Myers, believed to be swept out to the Pacific Ocean by a sneaker wave, has ended on a rocky shoreline south of Yachats.

Oregon State Police have positively identified human remains found in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area south of Yachats Nov. 24 as those of 34-year-old Michael Myers.

He had been missing since Nov. 10, when he and his wife were last seen alive sharing an anniversary walk along the Oregon Coast. That's the same day the body of his wife of 15 years, 33-year-old Kathryn Myers, was pulled from the waters off the jetty near Newport's South Beach State Park.

Two independent witnesses reported seeing the couple walking toward the end of the jetty just before 1 p.m. Nov. 10. One witness said he last saw the couple holding onto a light pole at the end of the jetty when a large wave swept them into the water.

"With the assistance of the Lincoln County Medical Examiner and Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office, the human remains found Nov. 24 ... has been positively identified as Michael Ray Myers," the Oregon State Police reports.

The Oregon State Police Newport Area Command office is completing the investigation.
A funeral was held Nov. 20, in Michael Myers' absence, for both Michael and his wife Kathryn. (See "Funeral Saturday night for comedy duo.") The two were familiar faces at the ComedySportz club in Northwest Portland. "Katie," as she was known to friends, worked at ComedySportz as a youth education director, and "Mike" had performed there over the past 14 years.