Mystery body washes ashore at Greenbank

Investigators with the Island County Sheriff’s Office are asking the public for help in identifying a body that was found washed ashore on a Greenbank beach Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Detective Ed Wallace described the man as a white male, about 5-feet-10 and 145 pounds. He said he was wearing Cherokee brand, light-colored long underwear bottoms and white, size 9, Nike Air shoes.

Anyone with any information about the body should contact Detective Sgt. Mike Beech at 360-679-7322.

Island County Coroner Robert Bishop said the man may have been in the water as long as several months. He confirmed the body is not that of a Greenbank man who jumped from Deception Pass Bridge Nov. 17. That man’s body has not been located.

Bishop hypothesized that the recent flooding of rivers on the mainland could have pushed the body into Puget Sound, where it was eventually swept ashore on the east side of Whidbey Island. He said it’s happened in previous years.

Since there are no reports of missing male subjects in Island County that fit the timeframe, investigators are working with neighboring jurisdictions to identify the body.

Bishop said a man who lives on the beach near North Bluff Road found the body near the high-tide mark. He said there are no obvious signs of wounds.

According to the coroner, a human foot that washed ashore in August was found about a mile from the site where the body was found. Bishop sent the foot to a Texas Missing Persons DNA Database for DNA analysis and possible matching, but the results aren’t in yet.

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