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Suspected assault victim died accidentally

A man who was suspected to be a fatal assault victim died accidentally, according to new information.

A report from the City of Seaside said the state medical examiner’s office has ruled Travis Todd’s death was the result of an “accidental anoxic encephalopathy” during the early morning hours of March 30.

Todd, 49, of Forest Grove had arrived in Seaside at approximately 2 p.m. on March 29, checked into an oceanfront hotel and spent time at local bars throughout the night and into the early morning hours of March 30 before a 9-1-1 call was placed to Seaside Police at 3:18 a.m.

The emergency call was made by witnesses staying in a home near the intersection of Avenue K and South Columbia Street in Seaside. The witnesses reported hearing a loud conversation, possibly an argument, and saw an interaction between Todd and another individual.

The emergency call led police to initially believe a physical altercation had taken place between Todd and the unknown individual. Todd was treated at the scene and eventually transported to a Portland area hospital where he passed away on April 8.

The autopsy found cause of death to be the result of complications of acute intoxication that were accidental in nature and not the result of homicidal violence. Detectives are still attempting to piece together a period of an hour or two after Todd left local bars where he was seen drinking and before the 9-1-1 call was placed.

Investigators believe Todd was with a white male that was wearing dark, baggy clothing, possibly in his late 20s to early 30s, approximately six-feet tall, and with a medium, athletic build. This person is considered a witness at this time. As previously reported, Todd may have been on the beach or walking along the Promenade prior to the incident.

If you were with Todd, spoke to Todd or believe you saw Todd sometime on the evening of March 29 or during the early morning hours of Saturday, March 30, you are asked to call Seaside Police at (503) 738-6311.

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