Story and photos by Doug Petrowski
The body of an adult male was found Sunday morning in the 4000 block of 237th Place Southwest in Mountlake Terrace, less than 50 feet from heavily-traveled 44th Avenue West. Although no positive identification has been made yet, police believe it is of a homeless man who had been living in a tent encampment in the area.
A motorist called 911 Sunday at approximately 8:30 a.m. to report seeing the body just off the sidewalk. Police quickly arrived, cordoned off the block and notified the Snohomish County Medical Examiner. Upon arrival at the scene, a medical examiner investigator took pictures of the scene and the body, then loaded the body — with help from a Mountlake Terrace Police Department detective and CSI officer — into a vehicle for transport to the Medical Examiner’s office near Paine Field.
After the body was removed, the block was opened to traffic by 11 a.m.
Although 237th Place Southwest runs through a residential area, the body was found away from any homes, in an undeveloped greenbelt separates the residences from 44th Avenue West.
Local residents report at least one man has been living in the greenbelt, in a camping tent, for the past few months.