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Man found dead in Vancouver home identified

By , Columbian staff writer
Updated: September 22, 2022, 4:43pm

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Thursday the identity of a man whose body was found Aug. 6 in his Vancouver home as James Zephyrus Smith.

On Sept. 16, the medical examiner’s office asked for the public’s help in identifying the remains they believed belonged to Smith, 68, formerly known as Joseph G. Quagliani.

The Humane Society for Southwest Washington, where Smith volunteered, provided information to investigators that helped them track down dental offices with Smith’s records. Dental staff provided the records to help confirm his identity, the medical examiner’s office said.

Determinations for his cause and manner of death are still pending.

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