Coroner identifies body found in Olympia woods

Staff writerAugust 13, 2013 

UPDATE: A man found dead Tuesday in a wooded area of Olympia near the Kmart on Martin Way has been identified as Thomas John Harp, 46, according to the Thurston County Coroner.

Coroner Gary Warnock said Har's autopsy is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Harp, who was transient, is not believed to be a victim of foul play, according to Olympia police.



However, Harp's autopsy will determine cause and manner of death, and whether he died of homicide or natural causes, Warnock said.


PREVIOUS STORY: The body of a man found dead Tuesday in a wooded area of Olympia near the closed Kmart on Martin Way shows no obvious signs he was a homicide victim, an Olympia police spokeswoman said Wednesday.

However, the man’s cause and manner of death will be determined during his autopsy, which is tentatively scheduled for Thursday afternoon, Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock said.

The man’s body was found about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday by two people walking on a trail in a wooded area at Sleater-Kinney Road and Martin Way.

The deceased man was a transient, and he appears to be in his 40s, Warnock said. Warnock said Wednesday that his office had positively identified the deceased, but would release his name only after notifying family members.

An Olympia detective was dispatched Tuesday afternoon to where the man’s body was found. Olympia police spokeswoman Laura Wohl said Wednesday that the circumstances of the man’s death — being found outside in the woods — are by nature suspicious, but there is no evidence he was a homicide victim.

Olympia detectives are always dispatched to unattended deaths in the city limits, she added.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445

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