Update: Bones found along Myers Way believed to be that of long-missing man; homicide NOT suspected

March 8, 2013 at 9:56 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 13 Comments

9:56 AM: We’ve received tips about police activity off Myers Way south of the Joint Training Facility, and just got some information from Seattle Police. Someone reported discovering “bones” in the wooded area there (map); it was too dark for a full investigation last night, according to SPD’s Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, so they went back today. Though Homicide Division detectives are part of the investigation, Sgt. Whitcomb stresses that it’s standard operating procedure – they don’t even know whether the reported bones are human or animal, much less what kind of circumstances were involved. They’re expecting to know more later today, and we will update when they do.

10:20 AM: There’s a short item about this on SPD Blotter, with the same basic information.

10:46 AM: If you’re seeing/hearing a helicopter – it’s TV, not law enforcement.

(This photo and next one by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
1:01 PM: SPD Blotter has now updated, saying they’re human bones, but believed to be those of a “missing suicidal man” – so they do NOT believe this is a crime scene. (As always in stories where suicide is mentioned, we share the Crisis Clinic hotline: 206-461-3222.)

1:49 PM UPDATE: Christopher Boffoli went back to the scene for more followup for WSB. He says the man is believed to have been missing for twenty years – the evidence they found includes ID.

13 Comments

  1. Why yes, I did hear helicopter and wondered. Thanks WSB, I can always count on you to squash my inner Gladys Kravitz :)

    Comment by memyselfandeye — 11:17 am March 8, 2013 #

  2. If it is human bones (and I hope it is not), the location made me think of the man that has been missing since 2011 from the Top Hat area named Benjamin Munoz.

    Comment by Carol O. — 11:44 am March 8, 2013 #

  3. With the amount of vehicles and helicopters around there all morning, the bones are either human or Sasquatch

    Comment by Tricia — 12:41 pm March 8, 2013 #

  4. The helicopters were TV and they love a “MIGHT be” story so their presence means nothing additional. I’ve seen this kind of thing turn out to be animal bones, even with hours of searching, etc. We’ll see … and we’ll update as soon as there’s something more to report … TR

    Comment by WSB — 12:47 pm March 8, 2013 #

  5. http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2013/03/police-investigating-bones-found-near-south-park/
    Seattle Times say that police have determined they are from a “missing suicidal Man”

    Comment by Tricia — 12:52 pm March 8, 2013 #

  6. That’s actually info from SPD Blotter, and we just saw the update, so we too are adding to the story: http://spdblotter.seattle.gov/2013/03/08/investigators-searching-west-seattle-woods-after-man-reports-finding-bones/

    Comment by WSB — 1:00 pm March 8, 2013 #

  7. There is alot of people living in the woods on that hill – but you’d never know it by just diving past. It’s within walking distance of Nickelsville

    Comment by Tricia — 1:08 pm March 8, 2013 #

  8. Wow — missing for 20 years. At least his family will now know where he is.

    Comment by Suzette — 3:25 pm March 8, 2013 #

  9. There are SO many people living in the woods on that hillside they get mail delivered there, have parking spaces, and social events.

    Comment by Joe R. — 3:47 pm March 8, 2013 #

  10. I go in the trails off the side of highland park all the time and never see people. Def a perfect place to dump a body.

    Comment by tk — 8:16 am March 9, 2013 #

  11. tk, I once found a coyote skeleton while volunteering in the Greenbelt with Nature Consortium. Human bones seem to be a definite first however!

    Comment by datamuse — 11:09 am March 9, 2013 #

  12. Joe R. Oh please! The people that live on the hillside do NOT get mail delivered there!

    Comment by hmmm... — 10:17 am March 10, 2013 #

  13. Was there ever any update on who this was?

    Comment by sacatosh — 2:26 pm March 12, 2013 #

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