Body found in water near Irondale identified as Wisconsin man

IRONDALE — The man whose body was recovered from the water near Irondale has been identified by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, but the cause of death is still awaiting test results.

The deceased has been identified as Michael P. Gullo, 43, of Wisconsin.

According to Jefferson County Prosecutor Micheal Haas, the man’s identity was confirmed using fingerprints and his family has been notified.

Information on the community in Wisconsin that Gullo resided in was not immediately available.

Tentative drowning

The cause of death is tentatively being ruled an accidental saltwater drowning, according to Haas.

The final ruling will depend on the toxicology results from an autopsy conducted earlier this month.

Arthur Frank, the chief criminal deputy for Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, said officials didn’t suspect foul play when the body was found Oct. 11.

The ongoing investigation, including preliminary autopsy results, didn’t change that initial ruling, according to Frank.

Gullo’s body was found 12 feet from shore near the end of Monroe Street in Port Hadlock-Irondale shortly after 1 p.m. Oct. 11.

According to Frank, investigators confirmed Gullo was on a boat moored in Port Townsend Bay and fell into the water either early in the morning of Oct. 11 or late in the evening of Oct. 10.

The investigation is being handled by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

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Jefferson County Editor/Reporter Cydney McFarland can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 55052, or at cmcfarland@peninsuladailynews.com.

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