Autopsy being conducted on body of woman found on S’Klallam reservation

LITTLE BOSTON — An autopsy was being conducted today on the body of a 23-year-old Suquamish woman whose body was found in a densely-wooded area of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Reservation almost one week after she was reported missing.

Earlier today, Deputy Coroner Nathan Edwards said a determination of cause and manner of death would depend on toxicology results, which could take six to eight weeks.

Meanwhile, the FBI and the Port Gamble S’Klallam Police Department continue to investigate the death. Kitsap Daily News is not publishing her name because it has not been officially released by authorities.

“The Kitsap County Coroner’s office determined the identification of the deceased woman, whose family has been notified,” FBI Seattle Division media coordinator Ayn Dietrich-Williams told Kitsap Daily News on April 17. “Given the ongoing nature of our investigation, though, it would be inappropriate to confirm or deny the woman’s identity at this time.”

The 23-year-old woman was reportedly last seen on April 7. Search-and-rescue volunteers with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office found the woman’s body on April 13 “in a vegetated area in the northwestern portion of the reservation,” Dietrich-Williams reported. “Cause of death has yet to be determined. Our investigation is ongoing, so it would be premature to make any conclusions based on the scene.”