Suspicious death investigated in VanMall neighborhood

Body of adult white male found outside, near side of road

By Craig Brown and Emily Gillespie


Updated: February 4, 2014, 8:31 PM

Death investigation

The body of a 21-year-old Vancouver man was found in the VanMall neighborhood early Tuesday, prompting yet another police investigation into a suspicious death.

Vancouver’s major crimes detectives, who had spent a good part of Monday processing the crime scene where a paint warehouse employee reportedly shot and killed a manager, then himself, were called back to work shortly after 3 a.m.

This time the scene was the chilly 7700 block of Northeast Vancouver Mall Drive, five blocks east of where two women were struck and killed in a crosswalk on Jan. 19 by a hit-and-run driver.

At 2:58 a.m., a caller to 911 reported discovering the body, later identified as Craig C. Moritz, 21, of Vancouver.

Paramedics and police with a defibrillator responded, but Moritz was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release.

Police were unable to determine why or how Moritz died, so they called for major crimes detectives.

The body was taken by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office, which will perform an autopsy.