Craigslist ad leads to discovery of man's body in Bellevue

Craigslist ad leads to discovery of man's body in Bellevue
BELLEVUE, Wash. - Two friends who responded to a Craigslist ad offering a room for rent made a grisly discovery Saturday - the body of a man who had been dead for a few days.

When the friends arrived at the home, in the 15800 block of SE Fifth Place, a 4-year-old boy answered the door. He was crying and said he couldn't wake up his dad, who was bleeding from the nose.

The pair took the young boy to a neighbor's house, then went back to the home to check on the boy's father. That's when they found his body and called 911, said Lt. Marcia Harnden of the Bellevue police.

When officers arrived, at about 5 p.m., they interviewed the young boy, who was very scared and hungry. He told police it had been two or more days since he could not wake up his dad, Harnden said.

"Hopefully (the boy) didn't see too much and doesn't realize what happened," said Harnden. "It's never an easy thing to see a dead body - especially when it's maybe been there for a day or two."

Harnden said there was nothing suspicious about the 35-year-old man's death, but police are investigating due to the unusual circumstances.

The boy's mother does not live with the father, and she was out of town Saturday. So officers took the boy to stay with his grandparents.

The King County Medical Examiner will determine the man's cause of death, Harnden said. His name was not immediately available.