Man found dead along Interstate 5

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MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. -- Police here say the death of a man whose body was found near Interstate 5 on Wednesday morning is suspicious.

Department of Transportation workers found the body inside a sleeping bag just a few feet away from the southbound lanes of I-5 at the 220th Street exit.

Police said several details, including the location of the body, lead them to believe the man could have been murdered.

"The location of where the body was at - about ten feet off the fog line, from the freeway, in a sleeping bag - it's not a normal area where a transient would sleep," said Trooper Keith Leary.

And state troopers said the man did not seem like a transient as he was well-groomed. The man, who appeared to be in his 40s, did not have any identification.

Police said the body was found with duct tape wrapped around the outside of the sleeping bag near the man's feet.

"It would be very difficult for an individual to do that to themselves and tuck them(selves) into a sleeping bag," Mountlake Terrace Police Chief Scott Smith.

Smith believes the body likely hadn't been at the location for long, but said it appeared as if someone had tried to hide it.

"Did have some debris, leaves and branches covering it. So it would not have been readily visible to some coming off the off-ramp," he said.

There were no obvious signs of trauma to the body and an autopsy will be needed to determine the cause of death.

Police are looking through missing person reports to see if they could find a description that matches the found man.

"It's a bit unusual for us to investigate anything like this, but it is what it is and we do what we have to do," Smith said.