Body found along SR 202
October 2, 2008 · Updated 2:20 PM
NORTH BEND The body of David Michael Crowe of
North Bend was found in a ditch along State Route 202 about two
miles east of Snoqualmie on Wednesday, Jan. 31, by two Mount
Si High School wrestlers who had been out jogging.
According to the King County Medical Examiner's
Office, Crowe, 54, died of "hypothermia and cerebral
contusions due to blunt-force injury to the head," although it's unclear
when he died. King County Sheriff's Office spokesman John
Urquhart said officers had ruled out foul play.
"We feel that he probably slipped and fell, hit his head
and passed out," Urquhart said.
Officers believe Crowe had been lying along SR 202 for
about a day. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures
in the area dipped into the low 30s Tuesday night.
The Medical Examiner's Office said it had conducted
alcohol and toxicology tests, but the results weren't likely to be
known until later this week.
Crowe was found at about 5 p.m. Jan. 31 by two Mount Si
wrestlers, Hiram Tame and David Crotts, who had been
jogging along the road. After spotting the body, they stopped a
tow-truck driver, who called police. The highway was closed
between Snoqualmie and North Bend for a few hours as police
investigated the scene.
"We were going to take a different road, but David wanted
to take it because it was shorter," Tame, a senior, said. "David
saw it first."
"I thought it was a dummy, then realized dummies don't
look like that," said Crotts, also a senior at Mount Si. Upon seeing
the body, he told Tame.
"I didn't believe him at first; I thought he was joking,"
Urquhart said the body had been sighted by other
children riding bicycles the day before, but they didn't approach it
because they thought it was a trick, and they forgot to tell anyone
what they'd seen.
Crowe was married to Elsie May Crowe, who died Friday,
Jan. 26, at the age of 62. The couple had three sons and a daughter,
all of whom live in Washington.