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Suspicious Death Investigation

Posted 8/22/2012 11:46 AM by KWESTBERG

On Sunday Morning, August 19, 2012, at about 6:30 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area of Mission and Raymond Road to a male lying in the middle of the intersection.
When Deputy A. Childress arrived on scene he located 25 year old Christopher Yukl unresponsive, lying on the ground. Medics arrived minutes after Deputy Childress, examined Yukl and pronounced him deceased at the scene.

Traffic investigator's responded to the scene to investigate the suspicious death of Yukl. Initially it was believed Yukl may have been the victim of a hit and run collision. After an autopsy was performed on Yukl, the Medical Examiner's Office determined the cause of death was not known, the injuries to Yukl were not caused from a vehicle collision and were not the cause his death. Major Crimes Detectives obtained surveillance video from a home near the intersection where Yukl was found which shows Yukl being dropped off near the intersection by individuals in a 4-door sedan style vehicle. Yukl was standing and conscious when he was dropped off on the video. He fell to the ground in the intersection a short time later.

Detectives are waiting for toxicology results from the Medical Examiner's Office as this investigation is on-going. Detectives would like to speak with anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area of Mission and Raymond Road early Sunday morning, August 19, 2012, or anyone that may have had contact with Yukl any time during the weekend of August 18, 2012. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Pannell at 509-477-3786.