Police: Man's body found in water at Port Townsend marina

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. - A man's body was found floating in the water at a Port Townsend marina Sunday marina, but officials said his cause of death was still undetermined.

Port Townsend police and East Jefferson fire and rescue personnel were dispatched to the scene, the Port of Port Townsend Boat Haven, at about 8 a.m. Sunday after receiving a 911 call about a possible body in the water.

The man's body was recovered and it was determined to be that of 49-year-old Richard B. Finn, who had been residing aboard a friend's 26-foot sailboat at the marina, Port Townsend police said in a prepared statement.

The man's cause of death is still being determined, and the finding may hinge on the results of toxicology reports that could take several weeks to complete. In the meantime, police said there is no reason for nearby residents to be alarmed for their own safety.

Finn was last seen alive around 5 a.m. Sunday when a police officer stopped to check on him in front of West Marine, 2428 Washington St., near the Boat Haven.

Finn appeared to have been consuming alcohol, so the officer summoned an ambulance for a medical evaluation. No cause for medical concern was found at the time, so the officer and aid crew escorted Finn to his boat, police said.

The officer and aid personnel ensured Finn was safely in the cabin of the vessel before departing. It is unknown when or why he later exited the boat, police said.