Robert Shadd's death a shock to departmentSEASIDE - Robert L. Shadd, 40, a corporal with the Seaside Police Department, died at his home in the Olney-Walluski area Thursday.

His death appears to be of natural causes, Clatsop County Sheriff's Detective Kristen Hanthorn said. "It is under investigation at this time," she added.

"The Seaside Police Department and city employees were shocked and saddened" to learn of the death, according to a statement released by the city manager's office and Seaside Police Chief Ken Almberg.

Shadd had been away from work on sick leave since Sunday.

"The death of Cpl. Shadd is a real shock and blow to the Seaside police personnel," according to the city statement. Shadd had worked for the department since December 1993.

The city sought counseling for staff who worked with him. The mayor, city councilors and residents "extend sincere sympathy to Cpl. Shadd's family."

The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office is assisting the Clatsop County medical examiner in the death investigation.

Shadd had recently been in the hospital with health problems, but Hanthorn declined to elaborate about the nature of the problems.

A family member discovered Shadd's death and called 9-1-1 at 3:48 p.m. The time of death is believed to be some time after 12:45 p.m.

Shadd was the married father of a daughter and a son. Hughes-Ransom Mortuary in Astoria is in charge of funeral arrangements.

"It's had an impact not only on the police department but also other departments," said Trish Downey, an assistant to the city manager and human resources director. "In a small town, it's like a small family."

Added City Manager Mark Winstanley: "Rob was with us for almost 10 years and had been a very good and valued officer, and obviously someone we'll miss."

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