UPDATE: Suspicious Death Investigation Continues - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Suspicious Death Investigation Continues

 

UPDATE From Spokane Valley Police Department:

On Sunday Morning, August 19, 2012, at about 6:30 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area of Mission and Raymond Road to a male lying in the middle of the intersection.
 
When Deputy A. Childress arrived on scene he located 25 year old Christopher Yukl unresponsive, lying on the ground.  Medics arrived minutes after Deputy Childress, examined Yukl and pronounced him deceased at the scene.
 
Traffic investigator's responded to the scene to investigate the suspicious death of Yukl.  Initially it was believed Yukl may have been the victim of a hit and run collision.  After an autopsy was performed on Yukl, the Medical Examiner's Office determined the cause of death was not known, the injuries to Yukl were not caused from a vehicle collision and were not the cause his death.  Major Crimes Detectives obtained surveillance video from a home near the intersection where Yukl was found which shows Yukl being dropped off near the intersection by individuals in a 4-door sedan style vehicle.  Yukl was standing and conscious when he was dropped off on the video.  He fell to the ground in the intersection a short time later.
 
Detectives are waiting for toxicology results from the Medical Examiner's Office as this investigation is on-going.  Detectives would like to speak with anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area of Mission and Raymond Road early Sunday morning, August 19, 2012, or anyone that may have had contact with Yukl any time during the weekend of August 18, 2012.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Pannell at 509-477-3786.

 

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UPDATE:

The Spokane County Medical Examiner has confirmed 25-year-old Christopher Yukl was found dead on Raymond Road yesterday morning just north of Mission in Spokane Valley. Spokane Valley Police are investigating Yukl's death as a homicide.

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Spokane Valley Police Department Press Release:

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Police were notified of a 25-year-old white male that was found dead in the roadway on Raymond Rd just north of Mission Ave early Sunday morning.  The male victim was found by a local resident who was heading into work around 6:20 am. 

The male victim was found in the roadway only wearing a pair of shorts.  The male had some injuries, i.e. road rash, which was consistent with possibly being struck or dragged by an unknown hit and run vehicle.  There was no evidence of the male being shot or stabbed.  There was a pair of shoes and blue jeans found near the body, but there was no identification found in the pants to positively identify the male. 

The male did have a number of unique tattoos on his body and investigators believe from these that they have potentially identified who the male is.  However, next of kin notification is still being attempted at this time.  An autopsy will be performed on Monday and the name of the victim will possibly be released later tomorrow. 

Given that the exact manner of death is unknown at this time, investigators are treating this incident as a homicide.  Major crimes detectives have been called out and are furthering the investigation.

Previous Coverage:

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley Police were called to the intersection of Mission and Raymond Sunday morning after a person on their way to work reported a dead body in the middle of the road. 

When police arrived at the intersection they found a deceased white man, in his mid-20's laying in the street. Police blocked off the area and immediately began searching for evidence. The man didn't have any gunshot or stab wounds, but he did have cuts, bruises and road rash. The victim didn't have any form of ID on him, but police believe they know who the man is based on tattoos and other body marks.That identity won't be released until it is confirmed with the medical examiner, which will most likely be Monday.

Right now they are treating the case as a homicide and are canvassing the area trying to find anyone who may know anything. If you have any information you are asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

 

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