UPDATE, Oct. 5, 6:40 p.m.: The humans remains found in the forest at Saint Edward State Park Thursday near the Bastyr University campus just outside Kirkland were the skull and bones of an adult male, says King County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Kathleen Larson. According to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, the remains had been there for more than a year. “We’re still in the beginning stages of the investigation, but at this point there is no indication of foul play,” said Larson. Investigators were on the scene Thursday searching for evidence that could yield the individual’s DNA, but broke just before dark and plan to return Saturday morning.
On Thursday, students of Bastyr University were walking the wooded trails near campus when they came across some bones that they thought possibly belonged to a human.
King County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Detectives responded and confirmed that in fact the bones to include a skull were indeed human.
The remains were transported to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office for examination and identification. The Medical Examiner’s office states that the remains are those of a male.
King County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives will be at the scene near N.E. 143rd and Juanita Drive N.E. in Kenmore this afternoon conducting an evidence search.
“What we’re doing right now is setting up our sifting stations and looking for more evidence. ID will be made through DNA,” Sgt. Kathleen Larson told The Seattle Times Friday.
Bastyr University is adjacent and virtually surrounded by Saint Edward State Park, a 316-acre former Catholic seminary on Lake Washington .