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Coroner: Hayley Thompson

Coroner’s Media Report


According to the Revised Code of Washington (RCW 68.50.300) the Coroner may release information about a person’s death to the media and general public when such information is necessary to identify the deceased, or when such information is related to an incident that is of public interest. The Coroner will make every effort to first notify the family of the deceased before information is released to the public.

August 28, 2018

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination of a 27 year old female identified as Vanessa A. Cons who was found deceased inside a home in Mount Vernon, WA on the afternoon of 8/26/2018. The cause of death has been determined as multiple sharp force injuries from being stabbed by another. The manner of death has been determined to be a homicide. No further information will be released by this office.

August 13, 2018

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination of a 22 year old male named Chase Alexander Blair who was involved in motor vehicle collision on I-5 at mile post 232 in Burlington, Washington on 08/09/2018. The cause of death is multiple blunt force injuries to the head. The manner is accident. No further information will be released at this time.

August 1, 2018

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination of a 52 year old female named Janette Newman who was involved in a car fire on 7/16/2018 on Capehorn Road in Sedro Woolley. The cause and manner of death has been determined as an accidental death due extensive burns and smoke inhalation from the car fire. No further information will be released at this time..

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination of a 64 year old female named Cynthia Wiegand Prosser who was involved in motor vehicle collision on I-5 at mile post 221 in Conway, Washington on 7/18/2018. The cause and manner of death has been determined as an accidental death due to multiple blunt force injuries to the head, chest, and abdomen. No further information will be released at this time.

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examinations of two individuals named John Gore age 74 and Bernard Parker age 65 who were involved in a single motor vehicle collision on 7/24/18 on Baker Lake Road. The manner of death has been determined as an accident with the cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries sustained from the motor vehicle collision. No further information will be released at this time.

July 9, 2018

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examinations of two pedestrians who were struck at the intersection of Rhodes Rd and SR 20 in Sedro Woolley in the early morning hours on 7/8/2018. The victims involved were identified as Patricia Gunsolley, age 67 and Wayne Gunsolley, age 64. The cause and manner death for both individuals was determined to be an accident due to multiple blunt force injuries. No further information will be released at this time.

May 30, 2018

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has determined the cause and manner of death of a 30 year old, Nicole K. Barney who died in Anacortes, Washington on January 25, 2018. The cause of death is saltwater drowning and the manner is accident.

April 18, 2018

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the identification and examination of two individuals involved in a motor vehicle collision on Little Mountain Road on the evening of 4/16/2018. The driver was identified as Michele N. Kadyk age 48 and the passenger was identified as Trevor J. Clifford age 38. The manner of death has been determined an accident and the cause of death for both individual’s was multiple blunt force injuries due to the motor vehicle collision. No further details will be released by this office.

April 12, 2018

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has identified human remains found east of Cascade River Park near Marblemount, Washington. The deceased is identified as Edgar James Robinnette, born in 1981. The remains are undergoing analysis. The cause and manner of death are pending. More information will be provided as it is available.

March 30, 2018

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the identification and examination of 46 year old Michelle R. Patterson.  The cause and manner of death is pending further investigation. More information will be provided as it is available.

March 17, 2018

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has identified the individual who died in Mount Vernon, Washington on January 23, 2018 in a house fire.  She has been identified as 55 year old Renee L. Burkhead- Gardner. The cause of death is conflagration. The manner of death has been ruled an accident.

March 15, 2018

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the identification and examination of 63 year old Garry W. Regan.  Mr. Regan’s remains were discovered on 03/10/2018.  The cause of death is multiple blunt force injuries and the manner of death is  suicide.

March 12, 2018

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has identified the remains of 41 year old Jason Lee Pietrzykowski.  Mr. Pietryzkowski’s remains were discovered on 03/03/2018 by a climber on the slope of Mt. Erie.  The cause and manner of death are pending.

January 26, 2018

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination on an unidentified female who died in Mount Vernon, Washington on January 23, 2018. The cause of death is conflagration. The manner of death has been ruled an accident. An update will be provided when identification is established. 

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination of a 30 year old female named Nicole K. Barney who died in Anacortes, WA on January 25, 2018. The cause and manner of death are pending. An update will be provided when available. 

December 22, 2017

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination of a 36 year old male named Allen L. Vike Jr. who died in Concrete, WA on December 18, 2017 after sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death has been ruled a suicide.

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination of a 36 year old female named Michelle Stauffer who died in Concrete, WA on December 18, 2017 after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds. The manner of death has been ruled a homicide.

December 19, 2017

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination of a 19 year old male named Jose L. Zapata who died in Mount Vernon, WA on December 17, 2017 after sustaining a gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death has been ruled a homicide. No other information will be released by this office.

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination of a 49 year old female named Nena Ortiz who was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Pulver Road and Hwy 20 on December 18, 2017. The manner of death has been ruled an accident and the cause of death has been determined as blunt force injuries.

November 16, 2017

The Skagit county Coroner's office had completed the examination of a 61 year old male named Basilio Cuellar who died on November 12, 2017 in Mount Vernon as a result of multiple blunt force injuries sustained from a motor vehicle collision. The manner of death is accident.

November 13, 2017

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination of a 54 year old male named Terry D. Rose who was found along Riverbend Road in Mount Vernon, WA on November 8th, 2017. The cause and manner of death are pending but there is no indication of foul play

October 24, 2017

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the investigation of death of two children involved in a house fire on Bay View Road On July 15, 2017: Xavier R. Strawn, age 6, and Rose R. Mihalovits, age 9. The manner of death has been determined as a homicide and the cause of death was due to carbon monoxide toxicity and heat effects from a house fire. No further information will be released.

October 10, 2017

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the investigation involving the death of a 11 year old female named Araceli Dominguez Sebastian who died on July 8, 2017. The determined Manner of death is Accident and the Cause of Death is Carbon Monoxide Toxicity

July 18, 2017

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office is investigating the deaths of two children who died in a house fire on Bayview Rd. , Mount Vernon, Washington. The examinations will be performed later this week and the identifications will be released once scientific I.D. is established.

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination of an 11 year old female who died at 17000 Block of Cook Rd., Burlington, Washington. The cause and manner of death are pending toxicological analysis and further studies. Information will be updated when the investigation is completed.

July 12, 2017

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination of a 69 year old female, Karen L. Vaden, who was hiking Sauk Mountain and died on July 11, 2017. The manner of death is accident. The cause of death is multiple blunt force injuries.

July 6, 2017

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the investigation of the death of Miguel Rene Felix who died in Mount Vernon on May 4, 2017. The manner of death has been determined as homicide with cause of death of penetrating gunshot wound to the head.

June 22, 2017

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination on a 44 year old female, Jennifer Althea Young, who died on June 21, 2017 in Anacortes, Washington.  The cause of death is multiple blunt force trauma and the manner is accident. If you have further questions, please contact the Anacortes Police Department and or Washington State Patrol.  

May 13, 2017

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination of an 86 year old male, Norman M. Graham, from Mount Vernon who was involved in a motor vehicle collision on I-5 on 5/12/17. The manner of death was determined to be an accident and cause was multiple blunt force trauma.

May 5, 2017

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination of a 36 year old male named Miguel Rene Felix who died on May 4, 2017. The manner of death is homicide. The cause of death is pending investigation.

April 25, 2017

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination on a 24 year old female, Alyssa Lynn Simmons, who was found deceased on April 24, 2017.  The cause and manner of death are pending. Foul play is not suspected.

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination on a 44 year old male, Larry Matt Simmons, Jr., who was found deceased on April 24, 2017.  The cause and manner of death are pending. Foul play is not suspected.

April 3, 2017

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination on a 16 year old male who died on March 30, 2017.  The cause of death is listed as multiple gunshot wounds. The manner of death is homicide.

March 29, 2017

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the examination on a 24 year old female, Shannon Denise Cruz, who died on March 28, 2017. The manner of death has been determined to be homicide with cause of death of hemoperitoneum; due to transected liver; due to blunt abdominal trauma.

March 28, 2017

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the investigation of the death of Paul Marvin Burnham found on 1/25/2017. The manner of death has been determined to be natural with cause of death of congestive heart failure secondary to coronary atherosclerosis, due to hypertensive cardiovascular disease.

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the investigation of Boback Wheeler Bahandori who died in the Skagit County Jail on 12/20/2016. The manner of death has determined to be natural with the cause of death as septic shock due to staphylococcal aureus bacteremia from an arm abscess due to intravenous drug usage.

January 27, 2017

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has completed the identification and examination of an 83 year old male named Paul M. Burnham of Anacortes, WA. The cause and manner of death are pending further investigation, however, there was no trauma noted during the examination.

September 27, 2016

Skagit County Coroner’s office has completed its Cascade Mall shooting investigation