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Detectives now calling death of man found Sunday a homicide

Investigator carrying black plastic bag found near the body Investigator carrying black plastic bag found near the body

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff's Office detectives say an autopsy revealed that the cause of death of a body found wrapped in blankets at Day Mt. Spokane Road near Randall Rd. was homicidal violence.  Those roads were blocked for about 6 hours Sunday while the Spokane County Sheriff's Office investigated the discovery of the body.

Detectives believe the victim, an adult male, was murdered elsewhere and his remains driven to the discovery site.  A search north and south of the location did not turn up any additional evidence of the crime.

Officials with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office say the body was discovered in a ditch by two women walking along the road Sunday morning between 11:00 and 11:30.  The body was discovered near 22200 Day Mt. Spokane Rd.  The women told authorities they walk the same stretch of road everyday.  They said, Saturday evening before it got dark, they walked right by where the body was found and saw nothing there.

The two women flagged down a driver and asked if they could use his cell phone to call 911 to report the body, he refused ad drove off.  The women told authorities they were then able to flag down a man who was hunting with his daughter and he let them use his cell phone to call 911.

Deputy Marc Melville arrived on scene and found the body wrapped in two blankets with several plastic bags piled on and nearby it.  He started to peel back the the many layers of blankets and exposed a human foot.  He re-covered the foot with the blankets and called for backup.

Investigators found a wallet on the body with no photo identification and they were unable to confirm that paperwork in the wallet belonged to the decedent. 

The victim's identity was confirmed at autopsy, but by mid-afternoon, Monday, detectives had yet to determine a last known address for the decedent who they believe lived outside the Spokane area.

Detectives canvassed residences a half mile north and south of the body to identify other potential witnesses, and investigators also walked the roadway in each direction looking for potential evidence.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

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