Man found dead after driving car into Cornet Bay


The Island County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a man who drove his car into the water at Cornet Bay this morning.

The Island County coroner tentatively identified the man as 46-year-old Stoney Brunais. He was wanted on a $500,000 arrest warrant out of Island County Superior Court for two counts of rape of a child in the first degree.

The sheriff’s office posted on its Facebook page yesterday that Brunais’ last known address was Stanwood but that he was suspected of fleeing to Montana.

Just before 12:30 a.m., a witness reported that a man in a blue 2012 Dodge Challenger parked at the boat launch. The man, who was the sole occupant of the car, appeared to be talking on the phone.

After finishing the call, the man drove the car into the water. A few seconds later, the witness reported hearing a “pop” sound, the sheriff’s office reported.

Deputies who responded to the witness’ 911 call found the car submerged in 15 feet of water and inaccessible. Divers were called to assist in pulling the car from the water. The body was found still seat belted in the driver’s seat.

Positive identification of the driver as well as cause and manner of death will be released after an autopsy is completed.

More in News

Class teaches disaster readiness

‘There’s no reason not to be prepared’

State lawmaker aims to improve recycling process

Many people feel a sense of accomplishment when they opt to recycle… Continue reading

Van driver accused of ramming pickup truck

The driver of a van is accused of chasing a down a… Continue reading

New building permit fees expected to reduce costs

The Board of Island County Commissioners is set to vote on building… Continue reading

Contributed photo — Erin Kelly was so appreciative of Marc Swenson’s efforts that she baked him a “Thank You” cake.
Volunteer firefighter saves neighbor’s home

A quick response by a local firefighter may have helped save a… Continue reading

Gifts from the Heart turns sweet 16

Clients at Gifts at the Heart Food Bank will be in for… Continue reading

Man arrested for pawning stolen student robotics club’s telescope

A man faces a felony charge after getting caught pawning a telescope… Continue reading

Tiny bugs bite into WhidbeyHealth budget

But it still came out $1.3 million ahead for 2017

Rick Almberg
To nobody’s surprise, city’s sewer rates on the high end

Due to low-interest-rate loans, Oak Harbor’s projected sewer rates aren’t going to… Continue reading

Most Read