Transient found dead Friday in tent in wooded area in Olympia

Staff writerJanuary 3, 2014 

Olympia police do not suspect foul play in the death of a 40-year-old man who was found about 11 a.m. Friday morning in a tent in a wooded area of a homeless encampment between Interstate 5 and Henderson Boulevard.

Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock said he would not release the man's name Friday, because his next-of-kin has not been notified of the man's death yet. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday afternoon, Warnock added.

Olympia Police Department spokeswoman Laura Wohl confirmed Friday that the deceased is believed to be a transient with no fixed address.

Warnock said it is too early to speculate on cause and manner of death, but investigators found drug paraphernalia, specifically, hypodermic needles, in the tent.


Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445

The Olympian is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service