BELLINGHAM COLLEGE STUDENT DIED “IN THE WATER” AND NOT FROM TRAUMA OR INJURIES
October 08, 2010
(BELLINGHAM, WA) -- A preliminary autopsy has discovered roughly how he died, but the circumstances leading up to the death of 18-year old Western Washington University student Dwight Clark remain a mystery.
The Whatcom County Medical Examiner has revealed there were no outward signs of trauma or injuries to the body of Clark, which was found Wednesday in a lagoon in Bellingham. He had been missing for more than a week.
Dr. Gary Goldfogel has officially identified the body as that of Dwight Clark through dental records and other means and said that Clark “died in the water” and not from any wounds or injuries.
Clark’s driver’s license, student ID, credit cards, cell phone and some cash were also found on the body indicating he had not been robbed. Police said it appears Clark's body had been in the water the entire time he was missing.
What is not known is why he did not make it back to his dorm room on foot after leaving a party near campus early in the morning hours of Sunday September 26. Clark never arrived home and records show his cell phone was used in downtown Bellingham a mile away that day.
Police say Clark's phone sent a blank text message about 40 minutes after he left the party and they tracked the call to downtown Bellingham.
Volunteers scoured the area for days handing out flyers and asking people if they had heard about the disappearance and if they might have seen Clark.