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SPOKANE COUNTY, August 17, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of the man who died as the result of an incident on Washington St. in Spokane, WA on August 15, 2017.

Name: Jose Ismael Hernandez
Age: 24 Years
Cause of Death: Gunshot wound to abdomen
Manner: Pending
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SPOKANE COUNTY, August 14, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of the woman who was found on W. Columbia in Spokane, WA on August 8, 2017.

​Name: Susan D. Schilling
​Age: 38 Years
Cause of Death: Hanging
Manner: Suicide

SPOKANE COUNTY, August 10, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of the woman who died as the result of and incident on 3rd and Division Spokane, WA on August 7, 2017.

Name: Patti Jo Hill
Age: 50 Years
Cause of Death: Bilateral rib fractures due to blunt impact to chest
Contributory Factors: Mechanical compression of chest and neck
Manner: Accident

Death Certification
The death certificate is a Washington State Health Department Document, NOT a Medical Examiner or Coroner document, the death certification process includes manner of death classifications of (Accident, Homicide, Natural, Suicide, Undetermined), intended to describe the action associated with a death, if any, for public health department vital statistics purposes. The manner of death as used by the Office of the Medical Examiner does not address presence or absence of intent, culpability or justification of any action associated with a death and therefore any determination by the Medical Examiner of Suicide, Accident or Homicide in no way limits the ability of law enforcement to investigate to whatever extent they deem appropriate or necessary; nor is the manner of death as determined by a Medical Examiner the same as the prosecutor's legal determination, for example, most motor vehicle deaths are classified as "accident" by the Medical Examiner, however the prosecutor may pursue a legal charge of "vehicular homicide".

SPOKANE COUNTY, August 10, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of the man who was found at the Hamilton Street Bridge in Spokane, WA on August 7, 2017.
​      Please note this individual has been identified however the
​      Medical Examiner's Office has been unable to locate next of kin for
​      this man, if anyone is aware of information regarding this 
​      individual's family, please contact the Spokane County Medical
​      Examiner at (509) 477-2296.

Name: Wayne Robbins
Age: 55 Years
Cause of Death: Multiple bilateral rib fractures due to blunt impact to chest
Manner: Pending
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SPOKANE COUNTY, August 9, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner has confirmed the identity of the man who was found at 3rd and Arthur in Spokane, WA on August 5, 2017.

Name: Kent Willcocks
Age: 55 Years
Cause of Death: Pending toxicology
Manner: Pending

SPOKANE COUNTY, August 9, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of the woman who was found at Cannon Park in Spokane, WA on August 5, 2017.

Name: Carey J. Farnsworth
Age: 46 Years
Cause of Death: Pulmonary artery thromboembolism due to deep venous thrombophlebitis
Manner: Natural

SPOKANE COUNTY, August 8, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of the man who died as the result of an incident on 12th and Freya in Spokane, WA on August 4, 2017.

Name: Michael E. Gonia
Age: 50 Years
Cause of Death: Transection of the right carotid artery due to blunt impact neck injury
Manner: Accident
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SPOKANE COUNTY, July 21, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of the woman who died as the result of an incident on E. Laurel Rd. in Elk, WA on July 19, 2017.

Name: Carrie Hathaway
Age: 59 Years
Cause of Death: Pending Carbon Monoxide testing
Manner: Pending 

SPOKANE COUNTY, July 20, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of the man who died as the result of an incident on N. Sipple Rd. in Spokane Valley, WA on July 18, 2017.

​Name: Bobby Kihara
​Age: 70 Years
Cause of Death: Gunshot wound of the head
Circumstances remain under investigation

SPOKANE COUNTY, July 19, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of the woman who died as the result of an incident on N. Sipple Rd. in Spokane Valley, WA on July 18, 2017.

Name: Joy Kihara
Age: 67 Years
Cause of Death: Perforating, intermediate range gunshot wound to head
Manner: Homicide

SPOKANE COUNTY, July 19, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of the woman who died as the result of an incident on W. Graham Rd. in Medical Lake, WA on July 14, 2017.

Name: Bobbie Jo McKee
Age: 49 Years
Cause of Death: Multiple bilateral rib fractures due to crush injury to chest
Contributory Factors: Splenic laceration, left femur fracture
Manner: Accident

SPOKANE COUNTY, July 17, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of the man who died as the result of an incident on E. Desmet in Spokane, WA on July 13, 2017.

Name: Brandon Bailey
Age: 31 Years
Cause of Death: Perforating gunshot wound to head
Manner: Suicide

SPOKANE COUNTY, July 3, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity and the cause and manner of death of the man who died at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA on July 3, 2017.

Name: Daniel Craven
Age: 53 Years
Cause of Death: Multiple gunshot wounds
Manner: Homicide


SPOKANE COUNTY, June 29, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity and the cause and manner of death of the man who was found at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, WA on June 27, 2017.

Name: Nolan Joseph Fournier
Age: 20 Years
Cause of Death: Hanging by ligature
Manner: Suicide

SPOKANE COUNTY, June 28, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of the man who was found near 2nd and Pine in Spokane, WA on June 27, 2017.

Name: Baptiste W. Mathias
Age: 41 Years
Cause of Death: Pending
Manner: Pending

SPOKANE COUNTY, May 26, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the  identity of the woman who was found in the 3900 Block of Lane Park Rd, in Mead, WA on March 10, 2017.

Name: Brenda Louise Brown
Age: 49 Years
Cause of Death: Pending
Manner: Pending

SPOKANE COUNTY, March 27, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity and the cause and manner of death of the woman who was found in the Spokane River in Spokane, WA on March 20, 2017.

Name: Zan Denise Salerno
Age: 62 Years
Cause of Death: Basilar skull fracture due to blunt impact to head
Contributory Factors: Drowning and hypothermia
Manner: Suicide

SPOKANE COUNTY, March 16, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity and the cause and manner of death of the woman who died as the result of an incident on Stanley Road in Medical Lake, WA on March 14, 2017.

Name: Cherie Wilson
Age: 62 Years
Cause of Death: Smoke inhalation
Manner: Pending fire investigation
​** Update May 10, 2017 - Manner of death has been updated to Accident

SPOKANE COUNTY, March 8, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity and the cause and manner of death of the man who died as the result of an incident on Leslie Lane in Colbert, WA on March 7, 2017.

Name: Dean J. Bellamy
Age: 47 Years
Cause of Death: Gunshot wound to the head
Manner: Pending further investigation and crime lab analysis
​** Update April 12, 2017 - Manner of death has been updated to Homicide

SPOKANE COUNTY, February 28, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity and the cause and manner of death of the child who died as the result of an incident on Wellesley in Spokane, WA on February 27, 2017.

Name: Caiden James Henry
Age: 9 Months
Cause of Death: Bilateral subdural hemorrhage due to blunt impact to head
Manner: Homicide

​SPOKANE COUNTY, February 13, 2017
- The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity and the cause and manner of death of the man who dies as the result of an incident on Division and Euclid in Spokane, WA on February 11, 2017.

Name: Craig K. Rust
Age: 60 Years
Cause of Death: Blunt head, chest and abdominal injuries
Contributory Factors: Blunt extremity injuries
Manner: Accident

SPOKANE COUNTY, January 25, 2017 - The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of the man who dies as the result of an incident on E. Crown Street in Spokane, WA on January 24, 2017.

Name: Brandon Michael Busby
Age: 31 Years
Cause of Death: Gunshot Wounds 
Manner: Homicide

SPOKANE COUNTY, January 23, 2017 – The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the identity and the cause and manner of death of the child who died as the result of an incident on 4th and Walnut in Spokane, WA on January 22, 2017.

Name: Latoya M.T. Bables-Paradise
Age: 3 Years
Cause of Death: Smoke Inhalation
Manner: Accident


SPOKANE COUNTY, January 18, 2017 – The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the identity and the cause and manner of death of the man who died as the result of an incident on 4th and Walnut in Spokane, WA on January 15, 2017.

Name: Dexter Martin Dumarce
Age: 33 years
Cause of Death: Gunshot wounds (4)
Manner: Homicide

SPOKANE COUNTY, January 9, 2017 – The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the identity and the cause and manner of death of the individuals who died as the result of an incident in Medical Lake, WA on January 7, 2017.

Name:  Jacob Michael Normandin  ​​​Age: 14 years
Cause of Death: left hemothorax due to transection of aorta due to blunt impact
Contributory Factors: lacerations of spleen and left kidney
Manner: Accident​​ ​​

Name:Melissa Kelly Normandin
Age: 45 Years ​   
Cause of Death: fractures of base and vault of skull with brain lacerations due to blunt impact to head
Contributory Factors: aortic transection
Manner: Accident

SPOKANE COUNTY, January 6, 2017 – The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the identity and the cause and manner of death of the man who died as the result of an incident on S. Geiger in Spokane, WA on January 5, 2017.​​

​​Name: Beau Brown ​
Age: 28 years ​
Cause of Death: Crush injury of the head
Manner: Accident

Spokane County Medical Examiner
5901 N. Lidgerwood, #24B
​Spokane, WA 99208
​(509) 477-2296
[email protected]

Cause of Death:
Cause of Death is used to indicate the medical cause of death, listing the disease(s) or injuries that caused death. Specific cause of death information is recorded on the death certificate and is entered into the Washington State Vital Statistic system.

Manner of Death:
Manner of Death is a statistical classification on the death certificate, the way in which death is categorized per the Washington State Department of Health (Accident, Homicide, Natural, Suicide, Undetermined).​

Death Certification:
The Death certificate is a Washington State Health Department Document, NOT a Medical Examiner or Coroner document, the death certification process includes manner of death classification of (Accident, Homicide, Natural, Suicide, Undetermined), intended to describe the action associated with a death, if any, for public health department vital statistics purposes. The manner of death as used by the Office of the Medical Examiner does not address presence or absence of intent, culpability or justification of any action associated with a death and therefore any determination by the Medical Examiner of Suicide, Accident or Homicide in no way limits the ability of law enforcement to investigate to whatever extent they deem appropriate or necessary; nor is the manner of death as determined by a Medical Examiner the same as the prosecutor's legal determination, for example, most motor vehicle deaths are classified as "accident " by the Medical Examiner, however the prosecutor may pursue a legal charge of "vehicular homicide".

​Accident - is defined as a death other than natural, where there is no evidence of intent, i.e. unintentional.

Homicide - is defined as a death due to the acts of another.

Natural - is defined as a death solely by organic disease. If natural death is hastened by injury (such as a fall), the manner of death will not be considered natural.

Pending - is a temporary designation for cause and/or manner when additional investigation, information and/or test results are required for certification. Pending is amended once all information and test results are received.

Undetermined - is the manner of death assigned when there is insufficient evidence or information to assign to accident, homicide, suicide or natural categories, or when 2 plausible manners are equally likely.

​* When a death is un-witnessed the date of discovery is recorded as the date of death.

​* See the Medical Examiner's Annual Report for details regarding causes and manner of death is Spokane County.