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Posted on: April 7, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Suspicious Death Investigation on S. Park Lane


Suspicious Death Investigation on S. Park Lane

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a welfare check and located a deceased male at the premises.  A vulnerable adult, who reportedly lived at the residence, also was discovered.  Major Crimes Detectives and Forensic Unit personnel responded to the scene to continue the investigation.

On April 6, 2019, at approximately 11:20 a.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a welfare check at a residence located in the 2800 block of S. Park Lane. 

The caller reported a vehicle with its door left open had been parked in the front yard for two days, and the garage door was also open.  He hadn’t seen any activity or people at the residence and advised an older adult homeowner lives there, and he cares for a younger disabled adult.

Deputies arrived, and as they attempted to contact anyone, they looked through a front window and observed broken glass on the floor and other items in disarray inside.  They announced their presence and received no response.  They entered the home and immediately smelled the strong odor of animal feces and urine. 

During the search, a nonverbal vulnerable adult male, in poor hygienic condition, was located in a basement bedroom.  He was provided medical attention and transported to a hospital for continued care where he remains as he is unable to care for himself.

Deputies located the remains of an older deceased male in the back yard of the residence and immediately secured the scene.

Major Crimes Detectives assisted by Forensic Unit personnel were called to the scene to continue the investigation once a search warrant was obtained.

At this time, Investigators are considering this a suspicious death investigation, but they do not believe the public is in any danger stemming from this incident.  

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name of the decedent pending positive identification, along with cause and manner of death, when appropriate to do so.


As this is an active investigation, no further information is available. 

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