Human Remains Recovered From Swinomish Channel

Skagit County, WA- The Skagit County Sheriff’s Department recovered human remains on the afternoon of January 23rd, 2024, during a several week-long search and rescue operation.

According to a release by the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office, Skagit 9-1-1 dispatchers received a phone call around 5:38 a.m. on January 1st, 2024 and responded to a possible suicide attempt in the La Conner area after family members of a 27-year-old woman from Kirkland reported being concerned about her welfare.  During the January 1st, search, a shoe belonging to the woman was found in the Swinomish Chanel, roughly 50-feet from her phone’s last known location.

A second search was performed of the area during low tide on January 10th, 2024 and included multiple agencies, including the King County Sheriff’s Office, the Seattle Police Department Harbor Patrol Unit, Swinomish Tribal Fisheries Police, U.S. Border Patrol and multiple Volunteer Search and Rescue agencies from Skagit and King County.

On January 23rd, Skagit County Sheriff’s Deputies used a remotely operated underwater vehicle supplied by the Seattle Harbor Patrol Unit during low tide to continue their search. Human remains were discovered during this search adjacent to the south end of First Street. The remains were recovered and turned over to the Skagit County Coroner’s Office for identification and notification of next of kin. The Sheriff’s Office and the Coroner’s Office will complete an investigation into the cause and manner of death.

The subject has not been identified and it is unknown if the remains are of the missing woman from Kirkland or another missing person from the Skagit County area.

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