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Bellevue Man Dies at Snoqualmie Falls

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death a suicide.

A 56-year-old Bellevue man was found dead Sunday afternoon at the bottom of Snoqualmie Falls, and his death has been ruled a suicide.

The man, identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office as Kelly Wood, 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 (December) 13th,” said Officer Carla Iafrate, spokeswoman for the Bellevue Police Department. “They had a brief argument, 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” from Snoqualmie Falls on Sunday, so they contacted Snoqualmie Police for assistance. Snoqualmie Police received a call from Snoqualmie Falls security indicating that Wood’s car had been found in the parking lot at about 2 p.m. Sunday.

Snoqualmie Police combed the area, and one officer discovered what appeared to be a body at the bottom of the falls, 280 feet down, Iafrate said.

King County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue was called to retrieve the body, and just before 9 p.m., Snoqualmie Police called Bellevue Police with a positive identification.

“We were advised that the body recovered from the river was, in fact, that of our missing person,” Iafrate said.

The Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday said Wood died of blunt-force trauma and ruled his death a suicide.

ST Katz December 19, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Is there a need to show the waterfall? Already reported the man died by suicide... pictures are not necessary. If anyone is feeling depressed and would.like to talk, please call 1-800-273-8255
Family Friend December 20, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Article also leaves out that he had parkinson's disease. I realize that the Medical Examiner’s Office ruled it suicide, but no one can judge him unless you walk in his shoes and no one really knows what happened... they can only speculate. He was an amazing person, very generous and very kind. Please have respect for him and his family.
Margaret Santjer December 20, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Thank you, Family Friend, for sharing that. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.
ST Katz March 15, 2013 at 05:33 AM
Really Viva Barbarella? An advertisement for fun here? Have some respect and peddle your 'fun' elsewhere. Sheesh...
Margaret Santjer March 15, 2013 at 06:13 AM
Thanks, ST Katz, for pointing out the comment. It has been deleted.

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