GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The body of a logger was found on Thursday afternoon in Josephine County. He was an independent logger with 25 years’ experience. Steven Straube was working alone on a piece of property east of Grants Pass. His friend had contracted Straube to log on the private 240 acre piece of land.
The sheriff says the man often worked alone, and it appears one tree just happened to come down the wrong way. According to experts in the industry, it isn’t unheard of to see that happen, even if proper precautions are taken.
“As the tree is falling it’ll knock a limb down, or a tree will be falling and knock some of its limbs down. And they can go a fairly good distance, they’re not going to just necessarily go straight down,” explained Dave Schott, with the Southern Oregon Timber Industries Association.
The logger had last been seen on Tuesday morning eating breakfast at a restaurant before heading out to work. After not hearing from him, his friend went out to the property to search and found the body Friday afternoon.
There is no criminal investigation at this time.