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Body Found Along Skykomish May Be That Of Homeless Man January 03, 2018
Area of Big Eddy alonbg the Skykomish where body was found. Sky Valley Chronicle photo.
This report was first published 1/2/18 as a Chronicle front page story
(GOLD BAR, WA.) -- Authorities say a body found along the banks of the Skykomish River east of Gold Bar may be that of a homeless man.
Snohomish County sheriff's office says it believes the body of that of a 44-year old man who's been living in that area for several years.
A relative of the deceased discovered the body Monday morning not far from a popular local recreation area, Big Eddy Park.
The sheriff's office says the unidentified relative went looking for the man after not hearing from him for several days.
Cause of death and the man's identification will be determined by the medical examiner.
The last body found in or near the Skykomish in that upper Sky Valley valley area was back in early July of last year.
The Chronicle reported then that the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office had taken custody of a man's body that was found floating Saturday July 1st in the Skykomish up near Index, which is east on Highway 2 past Gold Bar.
In June two people were swept away by the fast moving river over Sunset Falls in Index. One was a 49-year old man from Seattle and the other a 25-year old woman visiting from Texas. Their bodies, as of that Saturday in July had not been recovered.
TV broadcast reports at the time said the body was first spotted floating down the river by a man who was sitting on the back porch of his house which overlooks the Skykomish.