Body of woman is found on trail near Gardiner

Authorities do not suspect foul play, and an autopsy is planned.

GARDINER — Detectives suspect no foul play was involved after the body of a woman was discovered by a passerby near Gardiner.

The woman’s body, described as decomposed, was found Friday on a trail adjacent to a vacation home on the 400 block of Diamond Point Road, said Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King, with the Clallam County Sheriff’s Department.

Detectives have identified the woman, but King did not release her name Monday pending notification of family.

“The body has been there for awhile,” he said.

King said the hope is to get a better idea of how long the body had been there after an autopsy, likely this week.

The autopsy will also help determine the cause of death and if there was actually foul play involved, he said.

King said that with how decomposed the body was, it is difficult to immediately tell the cause of death.

“At this point, we have some information that suggests that foul play isn’t a factor in the death,” he said. “There’s no evidence discovered by detectives.”


Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at

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