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Mitzi Johanknecht

09 Detectives Seeking Publics Help in Death Investigation


A deceased, 58yoa man, was found at a King County area recycling center. King County Sheriff Detectives are seeking the public's help in the investigation. No foul play is suspected in the death, but Detectives would like help determining where the man had been staying prior to his death.


Date:   05/09/2016     

Case # c16019827



Detectives Seeking Public’s Help in Death Investigation

Summary-(Woodinville, King County Washington) (C16019827)

On April 20th, 2016, the body of Charles Wenz was located at the Woodinville Recycling Center.  It is believed Mr. Wenz had fallen in a recycling bin along an unknown route somewhere in the greater Puget Sound area.  No foul play is suspected in this case.  In and attempt to locate where Mr. Wenz may have been staying before his death, King County Detectives are seeking information from anyone who might have seen or been in contact with him.


Story- On April 20th, 2016, King County Deputies responded to the Woodinville Recycling Center after an unknown, male body, was found in a large sorting bin at the facility.  Detectives with the King County Sheriffs Major Crimes unit were able to make a positive identification on the man as 58yoa, Richard Wenz.  Property located with Mr. Wenz indicated he was likely a transient that was panhandling.

The recycling center receives material from all over the Puget Sound area.   No foul play is suspected in Mr. Wenz’s death, but in an effort to determine where Mr. Wenz may have entered a recycling bin, Detectives would like to speak with anyone who may have seen or had contact with Mr. Wenz prior to his death. 


If you have any information on Mr. Wenz, please contact the King County Sheriffs office at (206) 296-3311, or Detective Mike Mellis at (206) 263-2086.


*****Pictures of Mr. Wenz and a sign, recovered from his backpack are attached below.