Death near homeless camp ruled a homicide

Local law enforcement is looking for information about the victim

The man found dead in a fire Tuesday, Aug. 27 is now believed to have been a victim of homicide, and police are asking for the public’s help in identifying what happened.

The victim, found at a fire at what appeared to be a homeless camp, is still unidentified. Police describe the victim as a white male, approximately 5-foot and 5 inches in height.

According to Renton Police Department, further investigation revealed that the man was likely dead before the fire began. Several wounds found on his body were believed to be unrelated to the fire.

The department is not releasing the details of the wounds at this time, according to a press release.

Three people were seen leaving the incident prior to the fire, but there is no description, police stated in the release. Renton Regional Fire Authority then responded to the fire, in a tree line along the 2000 block of Oakesdale Avenue Southwest. Firefighters found the unidentified mans body among the burning camp remains.

Renton police, fire authority, Washington State Patrol and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are processing evidence at the scene.

Anyone with information on the victim or who were in the area during the incident is asked to contact Renton Police Department. Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound is also offering a full $1,000 cash reward for information that leads to an arrest, those tips can be sent to or 1-800-222-TIPS.