Body found inside van in Lewisville Park

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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A body was found Wednesday morning inside a van parked in Lewisville Park, two miles north of Battle Ground.

A woman who works in the area saw a blue GMC Safari parked sideways near the boat launch at the east end of the park on Monday. When she noticed the van still parked there on Tuesday, she reported the vehicle to her supervisor and to Clark County Code Enforcement.

Sheriff’s office deputies were dispatched at 10:31 a.m. Wednesday to Lewisville Park, 26411 N.E. Lewisville Highway. Investigators found a body inside the van, said Sgt. Fred Neiman, spokesman for the sheriff’s office; the gender and identity were not released.

The cause of death is pending an autopsy by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office, but investigators believe this was a suicide, Neiman said.

This case is being investigated by the sheriff’s office Major Crimes Unit.

The 154-acre park borders the East Fork of the Lewis River and is the county’s oldest regional park, established in the 1930s.