GEARHART, Ore. A retired police officer found a decomposed human hand while he was walking along the beach in Gearhart with his 9-year-old granddaughter Friday evening, police said.

Just before 9 p.m., the man found the decomposed hand near the high tide line north of the Del Rey Beach access. He moved the hand away from the approaching water before calling police so it wouldn t wash back into the ocean, said Lt. Gregg Hastings with Oregon State Police.

The medical examiner is investigating the hand.

Police searched the area but didn t find additional remains.

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