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Suspicious death of 23-year-old Rogers High School graduate possibly homicide, police say

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 24, 2020

Police found Anthony Garfius, 23, dead on the 500 block of West Cliff Drive Saturday morning.  (Facebook)
Police found Anthony Garfius, 23, dead on the 500 block of West Cliff Drive Saturday morning. (Facebook)

Spokane police are investigating a suspicious death after they found a man’s body in his car on the 500 block of West Cliff Drive around 8:20 a.m. Saturday.

A 911 caller said she had been sitting in her car with two friends when a man walked up and told her to call 911 because a man had shot himself. The man, joined by two other men, then approached a 1993 white Ford Explorer and looked around and inside it, the 911 caller told police. Those men then left on foot, according to court documents.

Police found victim Anthony Garfius, 23, dead with an apparent gunshot wound to the head in the Explorer. They did not find a gun at the scene, indicating a possible homicide, court documents say.

A judge signed off Saturday on Spokane police searching Garfius’ car and cellphone, according to court documents.

Garfius was a Rogers High School graduate, according to his Facebook page.

In one of Garfius’ last posts on Facebook, on March 20, he wrote: “I love the people that have stuck by my side in my life and that I’ve gotten to live another day to realize the beauty in life.”

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