Body found in Spanaway Lake

Staff writerOctober 10, 2011 

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are investigating a suspicious death after a man’s body was discovered in Spanaway Lake on Sunday morning.

While on his morning walk about 8:30, 70-year-old Jim Brummett spotted the body about 50 feet offshore. He reported the find to a boathouse employee, who launched a boat to inspect it. The boathouse employee then reported the body to the Sheriff’s Office. A dive team recovered the body, which was in about 5 feet of water, Brummett said.

The man, believed to be in his mid-40s, did not have identification and had rocks in his jeans pockets, said sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer. Brummett said the man also was wearing heavy boots.

Investigators believe the body had been in the water for a couple of days, Troyer said, but there have been no missing-person reports during that time. No cause of death had been determined, and an autopsy was to be performed.

Brummett says he’s seen a lot in his twice-daily walks through the park, including frequent drug dealing and signs of theft. After serving in the Coast Guard for 20 years, he wasn’t particularly shocked by finding the body, he said. “It’s just disturbing that it might be foul play,” he said.

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