May 7, 2013 in City

Man found dead in Spokane Valley trailer

By The Spokesman-Review
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A man’s death in a Spokane Valley motor home is being investigated as a possible homicide by Spokane County Sheriff’s Office detectives.

A friend, identified as Michael Guerdette in court records, stopped by 58-year-old Timothy M. Walsh’s motor home early Saturday morning near the 3800 block of N. Edgerton and knocked on the door, but nobody answered. The lights were on, he told detectives.

Later that night, he came back and found garbage outside the trailer; inside he found Walsh with his pants down, dead on the bed.

Guerdette told detectives Walsh was a squatter in the trailer home and kept his prized motorcycle in a shed nearby. Walsh did not know the property owner, Guerdette said.

The shed’s door was open and Guerdette found keys in the bike’s ignition that would also unlock the trailer, he told detectives.

Instead of calling 911, Guerdette left the trailer to visit his girlfriend and tell her what he saw. He came back shortly afterward, however, and called authorities using Walsh’s cell phone.

Walsh used methamphetamine at the trailer and had guests there frequently, Guerdette said. Walsh was a heavy drug user, according to his brother, Robert Walsh. However, Walsh told detectives his brother was “too smart to overdose.”

Walsh had several drug-possession convictions, including for meth and marijuana.

The property belonged to a Spokane Valley woman, according to Spokane County Assessor’s Office website, who passed away in January.

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