The King County Sheriff’s deputies and Renton Police officers made a tragic discovery while searching for a missing Renton man on Wednesday, July 10.
According to a sheriff press release, a 46-year-old man was found dead at the bottom of a cliff from what appeared to be an accident during a hiking trip.
A missing person report was filed with the Renton Police Department on Tuesday, July 9, for a man that was not seen since Thursday, July 4.
“This was not a normal thing for the male and his family did not know his whereabouts,” the King County press release stated.
A King County Sheriff detective found the missing man’s car at Snow Lake trail, prompting King County Search and Rescue to began a hunt for the missing hiker on Tuesday. The search was suspended later that evening for “safety reasons.”
Around 7 a.m. on Wednesday sheriff deputies continued the search and at 11 a.m. King County Search and Rescue discovered the man at the bottom of a 300-foot cliff.
“This appears to be a tragic accident,” the sheriff department press release stated. “This appears to be a tragic accident, as he likely slipped and fell to his death.”
A name and the official cause of death are pending further investigation by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
This is an ongoing story. Updates will be available when more information is provided.