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Can You Help ID This Man Who Drowned?

The King County Medical Examiner's Office seeks help identifying a man recovered from Lake Washington near Foster Island in Seattle on Sept. 3.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man recovered from Lake Washington near Foster Island in Seattle (part of the University of Washington Arboretum) on Sept. 3.

The date of death is estimated to be sometime in mid- to late-August; the manner of death is suicide, caused by fresh water drowning. Efforts to identify the person have been unsuccessful to date, which is why the public is being called upon to assist in identification.

Additional information about the decedent:

  • Young-to-middle aged white male, 5’10”, 209 lbs., with black or brown hair and a possible receding hairline
  • No facial hair, no visible scars, and no tattoos
  • All teeth are present with the exception of the lower left first molar, and several teeth have fillings; he has a noticeable gap between his upper front teeth
  • At the time of recovery, he was wearing blue jeans, a blue shirt, black Merrell brand sneakers, and a black backpack

A sketch of the man is attached, produced by the Seattle Police Department. Since he was in the water for a significant period of time, the sketch might not be an exact representation.

Anyone with information on the decedent is asked to call the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, Investigations Division at 206-731-3232 ext. 1.

Kendall Watson September 19, 2012 at 11:37 PM
I've had some questions about whether or not this individual could be Richard Sweezey, a 67-year-old Mercer Island resident who went missing from his boat on Lake Washington on July 20. According to the medical examiner's office, the body is still unidentified and, while the ages don't match up, they have not ruled it out.

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