Body found on roadside near Everett intersection

Body found on roadside near Everett intersection
EVERETT, Wash. - Police are investigating after a body was found near a busy intersection about a quarter mile from the entrance to Paine Field.

Sgt. Robert Goetz of the Everett Police Department said it is being investigated as an "apparent homicide."

The body was spotted Sunday at about 9:30 a.m. by a motorist who was driving along 100th Street SW just east of Airport Road in Everett.

The motorist alerted police, who found the body inside a dark-colored sleeping bag with one foot sticking out. It was lying in the grass about 15 feet from the pavement.

There was duct tape around the bottom of the sleeping bag, Goetz said.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's office took custody of the body Sunday afternoon. It was kept inside the sleeping bag, wrapped in protective material under a green tarp, for transport away from the scene.

Goetz said an autopsy will be conducted, which should reveal more details about the cause of death, as well as the age, sex and race of the individual.

Meanwhile, crime scene investigators from the Washington State Patrol are continuing to gather evidence, Goetz said.

Residents who live nearby were shaken up by the grisly discovery.

One mom said her two children often play in the area, along with plenty of other neighborhood kids, and there is a dog park located nearby.

She speculated the body had been there for only a short time because none of the dogs had found it.

It was the second time a body has been found duct-taped inside a sleeping bag along the roadside in Snohomish County.

In the first incident, in November 2007, a well-groomed man in his 40s was found about 10 feet off the roadway along Interstate 5 in Mountlake Terrace.

The body was later connected to a Lynnwood home with a substantial drug cache, including cocaine, marijuana, several pounds of heroin and a large amount of cash.

Two men were later arrested in connection with that incident.