Crime

Man's body found in Capitol Forest; police say may be missing person

Thurston County Sheriff's detectives Dave Haller and Cheryl Stines investigate along a logging road in Capitol Forest where a man's body was found today.
Thurston County Sheriff's detectives Dave Haller and Cheryl Stines investigate along a logging road in Capitol Forest where a man's body was found today. The Olympian

UPDATE:The Thurston County Coroner has identifed the homicide victim found Tuesday in the Capitol State Forest as Randen S. Robinson, 25.

He died of a single gunshot wound to the head, said Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock.

ORIGINAL STORY: A man’s body was found Tuesday afternoon with a gunshot wound to the head in a wooded area off an unpaved road in Capitol State Forest, and Thurston County detectives are investigating the death as a suspected homicide.

Thurston County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cheryl Stines said the dead man’s clothing and tattoos matched those of a man reported missing “under suspicious circumstances” to the sheriff’s office March 17, she said.

“Everything fits,” Stines said.

Stines said a friend of the man reported him missing and told police he had witnessed the man’s homicide, which he said occurred in roughly the same area where the body was found.

“Right now, he’s an eyewitness,” Stines said of the friend.

She would not speculate on a motive but said the people thought to be in the area at the time “are all involved in the drug culture” – specifically methamphetamine.

Cadaver dogs searched the area after the friend reported the man’s homicide but turned up nothing, Stines said.

A state Department of Natural Resources employee found the body about 1:16 p.m. while driving in the area. The dead man was in brush about a mile up a dirt road off of Bordeaux Road in the forest.

Stines said the DNR employee saw the dead man’s white tennis shoe from the road.

The friend who reported that he had witnessed the man’s homicide is in jail on an unrelated matter, Stines said.

The man who was reported missing is a 26-year-old from Olympia, Stines said, but she cautioned that he has not been positively identified. Officials with the Thurston County Coroner’s Office were at the scene Tuesday trying to identify him, and they will notify family members.

Stines said detectives were busy Tuesday afternoon following up on leads as part of an ongoing investigation.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5465

jpawloski@theolympian.com

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