The cause of death for the man found dead at Percival Landing on Wednesday was drowning, and there were no signs of trauma, according to Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock.
The man was found floating in the water Wednesday morning by Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation employees and was retrieved by the Olympia Police Department at about 11 a.m. Judging by the condition of his body, he had likely been in the water for two or three days, Warnock said.
The man’s identity is still unknown, but he appears to be a black man between the ages of 20 and 40, Warnock said. The Washington State Patrol will attempt to identify the man using his fingerprints.
Olympia Police Department officers searched the shoreline near Percival Landing for homeless encampments Wednesday in an effort to identify the man, but they didn’t find anything useful, said department spokeswoman Laura Wohl.
“At this point, we’re asking for the public’s help in identifying him,” Wohl said. “So if anyone knows of a black male who meets his description, they should let us know.”
People with information can reach the police department at 360-704-2740.