Dead man found on Highway 112 identified

JOYCE — A man whose body was found along state Highway 112 near Joyce on Friday has been identified as Dmitriy V. Antonyuk of Kent, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Antonyuk, 30, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, said Mark Nichols, Clallam County prosecuting attorney and ex-officio coroner, on Tuesday.

The body was found in tall grass on the north side of the highway near Wye Road between mileposts 49 and 50, Clallam County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Keegan said. It was reported by a pedestrian at about 9 p.m. Friday.

Antonyuk had been reported as missing to Kent police, Keegan said in a Wednesday press release. He had not been seen by friends or family since about July 20.

“It is unknown why Dmitriy was on the Olympic Peninsula or why he took his own life,” Keegan said.

An autopsy was completed by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday.

“The cause and manner of death has been determined to have been suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head,” Keegan said.

Deputies found a firearm near the body when the scene was processed.

A bullet consistent with the firearm was found a short distance away during a Sunday evidence search performed by the Clallam County Search and Rescue Team.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at [email protected].

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