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UPDATED: Body of man found on Key Peninsula being investigated as homicide

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on July 13, 2012 at 5:58 am |
July 13, 2012 2:00 pm

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.

Jim Nordseth, a 30-year Key Peninsula resident, looks over the trampled brush left behind by investigators Friday morning, July 13th, 2012, at the scene of a suspicious death investigation where the discovery of a male victim on the Key Peninsula was made late Thursday night on July 12th, 2012. The body was found dumped along the east shoulder of a rural roadway in the 14900 block of 82nd Avenue Northwest on the Key Peninsula. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Nordseth was near the crime scene to work as a tree service worker and stopped by the scene to see what was happening. "There's a lot of meth that goes on, and we don't have a lot of law enforcement out here. It seems like the county (Pierce) should have more deputies. The ones that are here are overworked. It's not the deputies' fault, they can only do so much," Nordseth said of the incident Friday.

LEE GILES III/Staff photographer

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