Crime

Homeless man found dead on Tacoma trail. Autopsy shows he was beaten to death

A 74-year-old homeless man was found beaten to death on a Tacoma trail this week.

After not being able to reach Oscar Blackwater, one of his friends went looking for him Monday and found his body along a trail in a wooded area just east of the 3500 block of Pacific Avenue.

Police launched a death investigation but were not immediately sure how Blackwater died.

An autopsy Tuesday showed he died of blunt force injury to the head and chest, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

No one has been arrested and detectives are working to determine a motive.

“We are looking for any information that anyone has,” police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

Tipsters can call Cool at 253-591-5968.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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