Sheriff’s office investigating ‘suspicious’ death at Vancouver business

By Jerzy Shedlock, Columbian staff writer

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The major crimes unit of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious death at East Vancouver RV and Boat Storage following the discovery of a body there Friday morning.

The sheriff’s office responded at 7:30 a.m. to a call coming from the business, 1306 N.E. 172nd Ave., Sgt. Fred Neiman said.

The man’s body was spotted by a customer of the business, Neiman said. It was located out in the open in a parking lot, which the sergeant described as an open drive-thru area used by customers.

When officers went to the scene, they found the man and decided “the circumstances of the death were suspicious,” Neiman said.

“(The officers) were unable to immediately determine the cause of death,” he said.

No other information was immediately available. Neiman declined to provide additional details about the suspicious circumstances, citing an ongoing investigation. He said it’s unknown how long the body had been at the business.