Police investigate human remains found in Eastlake

Investigators from the Seattle Police Department and the King County Medical Examiner are investigating human remains found in the 3100 block of Fairview Ave. E. in Eastlake.

The Seattle Police Department says that at approximately 9:55 a.m. Saturday morning, people conducting a census of the homeless found what appeared to be a decomposing human leg bone on a wooded hillside on the east side of Fairview. The site is adjacent to the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge.

The Seattle Times quotes Heroes for the Homeless founder Tricia Lapitan as saying that three volunteers from the group were checking the area when one volunteer stepped on a plastic bag that appeared to contain human remains. 

“I guess it was from the knee down, and it was pretty decomposed,” Lapitan told the Times.

The SPD reports the the King County Medical Examiner took possession of the remains. The SPD Homicide Unit is investigating the scene.

The area is marked off with police tape and investigators were seen bringing boxes of evidence down the hill and raking through leaves searching for more material. TV trucks and a police command center are set up in the area.

Eastlake residents and employees of nearby businesses were stopping by to see what was going on. 

One police officer said that investigators would probably be combing the location for evidence all night.


  • Seattle Times’ story is here.
  • KING 5 News story is here.
  • KIRO 7 has a story here.

UPDATE: This story has been updated since it was first published. New information from the Seattle Police Department has been added.

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