Body of Mason County man found after child porn arrest

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A body found floating near the Bremerton, Wash., marina has been identified as that of a prominent Mason County man arrested last week for investigation of possessing child pornography.

Bremerton Police Chief Steven Strachan said the body found Tuesday is that of 52-year-old Frank Edward McDonald of Belfair. The chief says initial indications are that the death was a suicide.

The Kitsap Sun reports ( ) McDonald was released from jail last Friday following an initial court appearance.

McDonald was a volunteer fire captain and an elected commissioner of Mason County Public Hospital District No. 2. He was a manager for Seattle Public Utilities.

Investigators were led to McDonald after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that in December a person in Belfair had twice uploaded images of minors engaged in explicit conduct from the Internet to a mobile device. The tip included a specific Verizon IP address registered to McDonald.