Officers think victim was killed elsewhere, then dumped along road
A blanket-wrapped body found by two women walking on Day-Mt. Spokane Road on Sunday morning is being investigated as a homicide by Spokane sheriff’s deputies.
The victim likely was killed elsewhere and dropped on a relatively empty portion between Randall and Big Meadow roads Saturday night or Sunday morning, said Spokane County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan. An autopsy is scheduled for today; investigators would not comment Sunday evening on a possible cause of death or the body’s condition, age or sex.
The investigation closed that section of Day-Mt. Spokane Road northeast of Green Bluff during one of the farm community’s busiest weekends of the fall.
Two women who regularly walk along Day-Mt. Spokane Road spotted the body about 10:30 a.m., just off the black-topped road where the gravel shoulder starts to slope downhill, Reagan said. They had walked the same route Saturday evening before dark and didn’t see it then, he added.
The women flagged down motorists to ask to use a cell phone. The first motorist refused and drove away, but a second motorist agreed, and they called 911. A deputy arrived, confirmed that it was a human body and closed the road for investigators.
“We treat all (suspicious deaths) as homicides until we know they’re not,” Reagan said.
Investigators found a wallet near the body with some paperwork in it but no photo identification.