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Autopsy for Silverdale man who died in Olympic National Park hot springs scheduled for Friday

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday to determine the cause and manner of death for a Silverdale man found in Olympic Hot Springs, Clallam County Prosecutor Mark Nichols said Wednesday.

Autopsy results could be known as soon as next week, Nichols said, adding natural causes were the expected cause.

Bruce Gunderson, 61, was found dead Monday in the hot springs, a popular destination for hikers in Olympic National Park. Rangers responded and the park closed the pools. It was unclear when they will reopen.

The park is investigating the incident.

Once the centerpiece of a retreat, the pools are in wilderness, a 2.5-mile hike from the Boulder Creek Trailhead in the Elwha Valley. The pools are not treated or tested by the park.

In a statement released Tuesday by the park, Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said, Use of Olympic Hot Springs “has always been at the discretion and risk of the visitor.”

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