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Homicide Investigation in Rainier Valley

Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 51-year-old man after his body was discovered Saturday near a tent in a wooded area in the 8400 block of Rainier Avenue South.

South Precinct officers located the body after being called to the scene.  It appeared that the man had been deceased for at least a week or more.  The cause of death was not immediately apparent.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office was contacted and a medical investigator responded. Homicide detectives and crime scene investigators responded to the scene to begin their investigation.  Investigators will now work with the Medical Examiner to determine the cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Seattle Police tip line at (206) 233-5000.