The Olympia Police Department recovered the body of a man at Percival Landing at about 11 a.m. Wednesday. The man hasn’t been identified, but he appears to be black and between the ages of 35 and 45, according to Det. Sgt. Aaron Jelcick.
The body was found floating in the water by Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation employees about 10 a.m. Police will search the shoreline for encampments to see whether the man could have been a transient, Jelcick said.
But at this point, police aren’t sure whether the man was the victim of a crime or if he died of other causes, said Sgt. Bryan Wyllie. The cause of death will be determined by the Thurston County Coroner’s Office.
“We may not even have a crime here,” Wyllie said. “But we’re using all our resources to identify him as quickly as we can.”
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Access to Percival Landing was restricted during the recovery, but the area has now been reopened.