Edmonds police have released a new forensic sketch of the as-yet-unidentified man found dead in Yost Park last fall. They hope that the sketch will help provide new leads in determining his identity.
The body was found last Nov. 10 by a couple out for a walk in Yost Park. The man had a campsite in the park and had apparently been living there for some time. Police describe him as a white male, somewhere between 40 and 60 years old. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be strangulation, and the manner of death a suicide.
“He appeared to have been deceased for two to four weeks prior to being discovered,” said Edmonds PD spokesperson Sgt. Shane Hawley. “We initially put out some photos of the campsite and his unique clothing items, in addition to his bicycle.”
These photos produced a lead from a nearby resident who had captured home security video of a person matching the deceased’s description pushing a bicycle on Sept. 30. “This gave us a better view, but not really enough for much of a positive ID,” added Hawley.
The sketch was done by forensic artist Natalie Murry. Forensic artists use an array of evidence including personal descriptions, skeletal remains, crime scene evidence and more to create a composite sketch of deceased persons. More information about forensic art is available here.
“We are hoping that the sketch will help someone identify him, or least point us in a direction that would lead us to identify him,” Hawley said. “We would like to figure out who he is and notify any family he might have.”
If you can help, contact the Edmonds Police Department at 425-771-0200.
— By Larry Vogel