Clinton man's death ruled a saltwater drowning

The Island County coroner confirmed that a body discovered on a beach near Possession Point State Park last Thursday belonged to 35-year-old Brandon Smith of Clinton.

The cause of death was accidental saltwater drowning, said Island County Coroner Robert Bishop.

Smith was last seen Tuesday morning as he was going to work, Bishop said. The senior park aide reported finding the body at 2:31 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 on the beach outside of state-owned housing.

Bishop said Smith’s body came in with the tide. Smith’s vehicle was found at the nearby park.

According to his obituary, Smith was born June 4, 1978 in Arlington, but spent most of his years in Carlisle Co., Ky.

He was well known as a man who could fix anything. He was preceded in death by his father, Randy Smith. He is survived by his mother Vicki Smith, brother Joshua and partner Gina Cooley. He also leaves behind many friends and family members, the obituary states.

Services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2208 Baker Ave., Everett.


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