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More remains found in St. Edwards State Park, Sheriff's Office waiting on possible ID

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King County Sheriff's Office officials search an approximately 40 foot area in a densely wooded area on the Bastyr University campus on Friday afternoon, where two students found a human skull and other remains on Thursday morning.
— image credit: Matt Phelps/Kirkland Reporter

The search for more remains in St. Edwards State Park continued on Saturday, as King County Search and Rescue workers scoured the area near the Kirkland and Kenmore border on Finn Hill.

“We found more remains and are waiting to hear back from the medical examiner’s office on an ID,” said King County Sheriff Sgt. Cindi West Tuesday morning.

Two students found the remains of an adult male near the Kenmore and Kirkland border on a remote corner of the Bastyr University campus in the 316-acre St. Edwards State Park early Thursday morning. West said that the remains found Saturday appear to be from the same man.

King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Major Crimes detectives were out at the scene by 1 p.m. on Friday searching a small 40-foot area, about 10 feet from a busy trail.

Larson said the remains found by the students were of a skull and some “long bones,”  and that the KCSO still has “to rule out foul play.”

West said that detectives are hoping to find out the cause of death along with the identity of the deceased with the medical examiner’s report.

The King County Medical Examiner confirmed Thursday the original remains were human.

The two students, who found the bones while walking off a main trail, reported the finding to campus officials who called Kenmore police. KCSO authorities brought the remains to the King County Medical Examiner.

If the team is unable to find teeth, they will have to rely on DNA but no tissue was found at the scene as of Friday. Investigators believe that the remains have been there for at least a year.

Larson said that once KCSO is able to identify the remains they will look at missing person’s reports. Then the priority will be to contact the family.

The trails in St. Edwards State Park are heavily used by hikers and mountain bikers. The site of the remains is about 100 feet into the park from the intersection of N.E. Juanita Drive and N.E. 143rd Street.

 

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