Investigators have finished processing the scene where a body was discovered earlier Monday afternoon after a 911 caller reported he had been shot and the phone was traced to the area.
Hoquiam Chief of Police Jeff Myers said that his investigators, with assistance from detectives from the Aberdeen Police Department and deputies from the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office have concluded processing the scene where scene on Broadway Avenue in East Hoquiam.
Myers said a man called 911 at 12:18 p.m. Monday afternoon saying he had been shot, but the only information he could provide on his whearabouts was that he was inside a home.
Myers said police responded to the area of his cellphone, which was an unregistered number
As additional units arrived in the area, two officers were directed to check up a nearby trail. They located the body of a white male deceased on the hillside a considerable distance off the roadway. Hoquiam paramedics were unable to render aid.
The scene where the body was discovered by responders, located approximately 150 yards up a steep hill off the roadway, was measured with a 3-D crime scene scanner operated the Grays Harbor Crime Scene Mapping Team; overhead drone photos and video was obtained by an operator from Ocean Shores Fire Department.
Numerous items of evidence were collected at the scene, including a firearm which appeared to have been discharged.
The body was recovered and turned over to the Grays Harbor Coroner’s Office; an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.
At the time, the case remains under investigation, but the department is not looking for or seeking a suspect at this point. Detectives will continue to interview possible witnesses and will attend the autopsy tomorrow in an attempt to determine manner of death.
The identity of the victim has not been verified at this time; when identification is complete, any notification of next of kin will be handled by the Coroner’s Office.
The Hoquiam chief said that his department greatly appreciates the assistance of their fellow public safety partners in the response to this incident, “including Aberdeen PD, Hoquiam FD, Aberdeen FD, Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, Cosmopolis PD, Washington State Patrol, Ocean Shores FD, Hoquiam Street Department and Washington Fish and Wildlife.”
Myers thanked a new Hoquiam police officer in his statement to the press, “As one of those memorable first days at work, we welcomed our newest police officer, Stefan Green, today at HPD. He immediately was put to work and demonstrated he will be the type of officer to jumps in and works hard.”