Officials identify body found in Fourth Plain field

By Paul Suarez, Columbian web producer

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Updated: February 22, 2012, 8:33 PM

 
photoKeith Fitzgerald

Police on Wednesday identified the man whose body was found on Tuesday in a field near the intersection of Norris Road and East 32nd Street as Keith B. Fitzgerald, 49, of Vancouver.

Fitzgerald was last seen on the night of Dec. 17. His body was found Tuesday morning by a man who was looking for his cat, police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office found no signs of trauma to the body after performing an autopsy on Tuesday, said Sgt. Scott Creager, with Vancouver police’s Major Crimes Unit.

At this point it doesn’t look like this will be a criminal investigation, he said.

The medical examiner’s office has not released a cause of death.

Creager said authorities are waiting for the toxicology report to determine cause of death, and that could take well over a month.

On Dec. 23, The Columbian published a story that Keith Fitzgerald was missing and that his friends had fanned out across parts of Vancouver to find him. He had been missing six days then.

The story said police indicated that Fitzgerald had made statements about suicide before he was last seen on Dec. 17.