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Mitzi Johanknecht

Body found in water near Vashon Island


(Vashon Island) the body of a man was found floating in the water near Vashon Island this morning by the US Coast Guard. Earlier in the day the Coast Guard found an unattended boat floating east of Vashon Island and found the man’s body later during a search of the area via helicopter. (C16-017404)


This morning around 8:00 the U.S. Coast Guard found a small aluminum boat floating unattended in Puget Sound between the City of Des Moines and Vashon Island.  A cellular phone and a lifejacket were found inside the boat.

The U.S. Coast Guard called a contact on the found phone and learned the phone belonged to a man living on Vashon Island.  King County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the residence of the phone’s owner but no one was home.

The U.S. Coast Guard used a helicopter to continue searching the area for anyone in the water.  Around 10:00 they spotted a body floating in the water just east of Vashon Island.  The body was retrieved and the investigation was turned over to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The man is believed to be a 59 year old Vashon Island resident. The name of the deceased and cause and manner of death will be determined by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.