Body of missing Bellevue man found below Snoqualmie Falls

A 56 year-old Bellevue man was found dead Sunday afternoon at Snoqualmie Falls. The man had been missing for three days, according to his wife, who contacted Bellevue Police early Sunday afternoon.

“She called us around 1 and said the last time she’d seen him was on the 13th,” said Bellevue Police spokesperson Carla Iafrate. “They had a brief argument, they’ve had some marital problems, and he said he was going to go for a drive. There was nothing unusual.”

Bellevue police attempted to locate the man’s cellphone, and got a “ping” at Snoqualmie Falls, so they contacted local police for assistance. Snoqualmie Police located the man’s car in the Falls park parking lot at about 2 p.m. Sunday.

“I guess they looked around and located what looked like a body at the bottom of the falls, 280 feet down,” said Iafrate.

Rescue teams from Mountain Rescue and the King County Sheriff’s Office were called to retrieve the body, and just before 9 p.m. Iafrate said Snoqualmie police called Bellevue with a positive identification of the man as the missing person.

The King County Medical Examiner determined on Monday afternoon that the man's manner of death was suicide.

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