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Body found, likely missing Redmond hiker, off trail

February 7, 2013 · Updated 11:38 AM
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Volunteers resumed a search of Rattlesnake Mountain for a missing Redmond man Saturday morning, Feb. 9, and by 10 a.m., they’d recovered the body of a 28 year-old Redmond man, missing since Sunday, Feb. 3. The King County Medical Examiner’s office reported Monday afternoon that his death was a suicide.

Redmond Police had been in charge of the investigation of the missing man, which has concluded. They did not suspect foul play, said Redmond Police Department spokesperson Jim Bove, and the man’s family has been contacted.

The man, 28, was last heard from on Sunday afternoon. He was not reported missing until Monday, when he didn’t arrive at work. Police located his car on Tuesday night, Feb. 5, at the trailhead parking lot at Rattlesnake Mountain and volunteers from six counties began searching that area for him the following day.

Police believed he had been going on a planned hike, since they found records indicating he’d bought a new GPS Saturday before he disappeared, and granola bars and bottled water Sunday morning.

The search was called off Friday afternoon, after searchers had exhausted the likely possibilities.

A small group of Search and Rescue volunteers took up the search again Saturday, Bove said, and found the body “well-hidden” about three-fourths of a mile off a trail.

 

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