Missing Sekiu man found dead

Search and rescue teams locate him Monday

Edward Doherty.

Edward Doherty.

SEKIU — The body of a 63-year-old man who was reported missing from his home in Sekiu on Saturday was found on Monday.

Edward Doherty’s body was discovered in a heavily wooded area about three-fourths of a mile southwest of his home at 11:59 a.m. Monday, said Sgt. Amy Bundy.

The cause of death was likely exposure, she said, although there had been no formal ruling by the coroner as of 2:30 p.m. Monday.

“There was nothing suspicious around his body,” Bundy said.

Doherty lived near Milepost 13 on state Highway 112 and Simmons Street in Sekiu in a fifth wheel on the same property as his family, Bundy has said.

Doherty had a history of memory problems and a seizure disorder. Family members said he left home on foot and without his cellphone.

His family had seen him at about noon Saturday and checked on him that afternoon at 2 p.m. They searched nearby trails and Forest Service Road 480 before alerting the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office at 8:20 p.m. Saturday.

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team searched for him on land with the help of trained dogs from Kitsap County. U.S. Coast Guard members conducted air searches by helicopter using thermal imaging, night vision and a search light.

Overnight temperatures in the area have been about 36 degrees.

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Executive Editor Leah Leach can be reached at 360-417-3530 or at lleach@peninsuladailynews.com.

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