A body found Thursday in the woods off Old Highway 101 in the Steamboat Island area has been identified as a 41-year-old woman who had been reported missing out of Seattle, according to the Thurston County Coroner.
Because her family has yet to be notified, the coroner’s office has not made the woman’s name public, Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock said.
The woman was identified Monday by matching her fingerprints with a fingerprint database at the Washington State Patrol, Thurston County Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin said.
A Department of Natural Resources crew found the body about 1:30 p.m. Thursday in remote woods near Old Highway 101 north of Whitaker Road Northwest.
Elwin said investigators are no closer to determining how the woman died. Her cause and manner of death are classified as “undetermined,” Elwin said. An autopsy over the weekend determined her body showed no signs of trauma, such as broken bones or homicidal violence.
Toxicology results are pending.
Thurston County detectives are trying to answer the question of how and why she ended up in such a remote location, Elwin said.Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 email@example.com