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Coroner identifies man found dead Saturday south of Tumwater

Suspicious death draws sheriff’s investigation

Thurston County Sheriff's deputies and the Thurston County coroner are investigation the death of a man in the Melody Pines Estates mobile park on Old Highway 99 south of Tumwater.
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Thurston County Sheriff's deputies and the Thurston County coroner are investigation the death of a man in the Melody Pines Estates mobile park on Old Highway 99 south of Tumwater.

A 45-year-old Olympia man who was found dead Saturday afternoon south of Tumwater has been identified as Loren VerValen, according to the Thurston County Coroner.

The cause of death was “homicidal violence,” Coroner Gary Warnock said.

Warnock said he is not releasing more details about the homicide at the request of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

About 12:30 p.m. Saturday, the man was found dead in the 9000 block of Old Highway 99.

A woman who identified herself as the man’s girlfriend to KIRO 7 said that she found the body.

“He was just cold and stiff,” the woman told KIRO 7. “The house had been ransacked; it looked like someone robbed him.”

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help locating VerValen’s missing Ford Mustang, which was taken from the scene. The license plate number is BJV3429

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