BRINNON — An autopsy could not identify the man whose body was found in a tent Sunday along the Maple Valley Trail near Dosewallips State Park, Trooper Katherine Weatherwax, State Patrol spokesperson, said Thursday.
“The autopsy was Wednesday. It was determined he died of natural causes. The body was there approximately one month,” she said.
“At first they thought there was something wrapped around his neck, but it was just a necklace. So no foul play there,” she added.
The State Patrol took over the investigation from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office because the body was found inside the boundaries of Dosewallips State Park, located along U.S. Highway 101 just south of Brinnon.
Troopers speculate that the unidentified man was unhoused and living by the water, Weatherwax said.
A fisherman nearby alerted authorities, who found the body in the tent.
It is decomposed to the point that he may never be identified, Weatherwax said.