Body found along SR 202

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,"

Tame said.

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.

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