Body of homicide victim found in ditch at Gig Harbor

Body of  homicide victim found in ditch at Gig Harbor
Investigators collect evidence at the scene where the body was found.
GIG HARBOR, Wash. - Pierce County investigators have launched a homicide investigation after a man's body was found in a ditch overnight in Gig Harbor.

A couple walking their dog discovered the body Thursday night in the 14900 block of 82nd Avenue Northwest.

The victim was later identified by the Pierce County Medical Examiner as Leon Baucham Jr., 33, of Puyallup. He died of a gunshot wound to the torso.

Pierce County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ed Troyer said investigators don't believe Baucham was shot where they found his body.

"At this point we believe he was dumped here, and it didn't happen here. It may have happened close or anywhere," he said.

It wasn't immediately known how long Baucham's body had been in the ditch before it was discovered.