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Autopsy conducted on body found under bridge during inspection

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02/16/17 UPDATE:

YAKIMA COUNTY, WA - On February 15th at about 11:00 a.m., Yakima County Sheriff’s Office investigators were notified of a deceased female that had been located under a bridge at Highway 97 at milepost 58.

Yakima County Sheriff’s detectives continue to examine active missing persons cases to determine the identity of the deceased female. 

On February 16th an autopsy was conducted.  X-Rays and initial observations at autopsy indicate that the female may have suffered a gunshot wound although the pathologist will not be able to remove what is believed to be a bullet, from the skeletal structure of the remains until tomorrow.  When this takes place investigators will be in a better position to confirm that this is a criminal investigation.

At this time investigators are unable to conclusively determine the race of the deceased.  The deceased is an adult female believed to be less than 30 years of age.  The deceased is about 5 ft 5 inches tall with a light to medium build and dark hair and dark colored eyes.  The autopsy suggested that the deceased was missing four upper front teeth for quite some time prior to death.  The deceased is believed to have died sometime between November and the first week of January.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office at 574-2500 or 800-572-0490.  Tips including anonymous tips can also be called into Crime Stoppers of Yakima County at 248-9980 or 800-248-9980 or on the internet at



YAKIMA COUNTY, WA - On February 15th at approximately 11:00 a.m., employees with the Washington State Department of Transportation were conducting a bridge inspection at the intersection of US Highway 97 and Marion Drain. During the inspection a human body was located in the water under the bridge.

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office and Yakama Tribal Police Department responded to investigate. It was determined the best course of action was to have the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office Swift Water Team recover the body.

Following the recovery it was learned the body was that of an adult female. Her identity is unknown at this time. The body was turned over to the Yakima County Coroner’s Office where an autopsy will be performed at a later time and date.

At this time, the cause of death is unknown and this incident is still under investigation, however if you have any information you believe could be important please contact the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office at 509-574-2500.