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Sumner police identify body as missing man’s

Post by Brian Sandford / The News Tribune on Jan. 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
January 7, 2011 10:17 am

Sumner police say there are no obvious signs of foul play in the death of missing 21-year-old man whose body was found Thursday afternoon.

“They saw no obvious signs of foul play or trauma,” City of Sumner spokeswoman Carmen Palmer said this morning.

Sumner police idenitfied the body as that of Maurice Charles McCall who was last  seen alive about 1:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day after attending a  party in the 13700 block of 24th Street East in Sumner, police said.

Palmer said those at the party told investigators that McCall  might have walked off after being involved in a physical confrontation with another person at the party.

The body was found “partially submerged” in a marshy area near railroad tracks near 140th Avenue East and 16th Street East about a half mile from the site of the party,  she said.

Sumner police asked for the public’s help in finding McCall and together with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team and Pierce County Emergency Management search for him for three days. Blood hounds and a helicopter had searched for him this week.

A search dog discovered the body about 3 p.m. Thursday, she said.

She said the investigation is continuing. The Pierce County Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause of death.

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