Update: West Seattle man found dead at Jack Block Park

November 21, 2013 at 9:37 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle parks | 7 Comments

9:37 AM: Port of Seattle Police are investigating the discovery of a body on the beach at Jack Block Park early today, and while they investigate, officers told us there, the port-owned park is off-limits to the public. Seattle Fire responded to the scene around 4:30 am and spokesperson Kyle Moore says the body that washed up was that of a man, possibly in his 20s. No other details so far.

10:58 AM: WSB contributor Christopher Boffoli reports from Jack Block that the park has reopened and police are no longer there.

12:09 PM: Our partners at The Seattle Times quote port police as saying there were no obvious signs of foul play. No ID yet – that’s likely at least a day away.

11 PM: The Times quotes the Medical Examiner’s Office as identifying the man as 22-year-old Levin Van Le, who is shown in public records with a Highland Park address.


  1. It must have been fairly dark at 4:30am and Jack Block Park is closed at that hour. I wonder who discovered the body.

    Comment by cjboffoli — 10:10 am November 21, 2013 #

  2. Oh wow. I was down there yesterday midafternoon with my dog who was being unusually persistent about getting on the dock and then he was searching for something along the dock fence. The tide was pretty high and I didn’t see anything so figured the dog smelled the salmon the sea lions were eating or something. How awful.

    Comment by Westseattledood — 10:32 am November 21, 2013 #

  3. Maybe Port workers or Seal Sitters?

    Comment by westseattledood — 11:18 am November 21, 2013 #

  4. Update from the Seattle Times blog:

    Update at 4:14 p.m.: | The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the dead man as Levin Van Le, 22. The cause and manner of his death are pending the results of a toxicology exam.

    Comment by Tim McMonigle — 10:43 pm November 21, 2013 #

  5. Thanks, Tim – I am covering a meeting that is in its fifth hour and hadn’t seen that.

    Comment by WSB — 10:55 pm November 21, 2013 #

  6. The start of an obituary page is already up on the Forest Lawn website:
    and public records list Mr. Le with a Highland Park address. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 10:58 pm November 21, 2013 #

  7. Please remember to reach out for help when your feeling down. The city crisis line is 206-461-3222. So sad and common during the “holidays” I heard the family was trying to reach out and didn’t know how to find help.

    Comment by Love win — 7:08 am November 23, 2013 #

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