UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Leon Dwayne Baucham Jr., 33, of Puyallup, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the torso and the manner was homicide, examiners said.
Deputies are investigating a suspected homicide after a man’s body was found in the ditch of a road on the Key Peninsula in unincorporated Pierce County last night, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
A couple found the body in the wetlands area to the side of the road in the 14900 block of 82nd Avenue Northwest when they were walking their dog about 8 p.m. Thursday, Troyer said. An earlier address was given, but later corrected.
Deputies are investigating the death as a homicide.
“On top of the trauma to the body, there are signs that it was a homicide,” Troyer said.
He added that deputies have tentatively identified the man as a 36-year-old from East Pierce County.
They are not yet sure how long the body had been in the wetlands area.
This is a developing story. Check back for more details throughout the day.
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