Body found in marsh in February identified as Vancouver man

He drowned accidentally, police say

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Vancouver police detectives have used genetic tests and other methods to identify a man whose body was found in a marsh on Feb. 15.

The body was that of Ronald A. Doyle, 26, of Vancouver, who was reported missing on Dec. 22, according to a bulletin from Detective Sgt. Scott Creager with the Vancouver police Major Crime Unit.

Doyle drowned accidentally in the marsh on the south side of state Highway 500 and east of Northeast Andresen Road, Creager said.

Tests done at the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab used biological samples taken from Doyle’s body, and comparison samples from relatives, to identify him. Personal items known to be Doyle’s also were used, the bulletin said.

The investigation is closed, the bulletin said.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.