Remains found in woods ID’d as homeless man

Skeletal remains found in a wooded area April 25 above downtown Renton at Hardie Avenue Southwest and Renton Avenue Extension have been identified as a 59-year-old homeless man.

Skeletal remains found in a wooded area April 25 above downtown Renton at Hardie Avenue Southwest and Renton Avenue Extension have been identified as a 59-year-old homeless man.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Officer identified him as Richard E. Brewer.

The cause of his death wasn’t determined, but Renton Police Commander David Leibman said “the way the body was positioned and evidence collected at the scene lead us to believe it was a natural death.”

There was no sign of violence, he said.

No one had reported him missing, he said. It’s possible his remains may have been in place since sometime in 2015, according to police.

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