Update, 4:15 p.m.: CLE ELUM — Police are working to determine the cause of death after the body of a 53-year-old Cle Elum man was found in Crystal Creek, near the intersection of South Cle Elum Way and Rossetti Way in Cle Elum on Friday morning.

The Cle Elum-Roslyn-South Cle Elum Police Department is withholding the man's name pending notification of his family. The man does not appear to have kin in the local area, Cle Elum Police Chief Scott Ferguson said.

Ferguson said investigators are continuing to interview people who last saw the deceased man and have not yet determined whether the death was accidental.

Ferguson said police do not yet know how the man died, but the department is working with the Kittitas County Coroner's Office to determine a cause of death.

South Cle Elum Way was closed starting at 11 a.m. Friday as police responded to the scene. A section of South Cle Elum Way south of the intersection with Rossetti Way was opened at noon, allowing motorists to travel between Cle Elum and South Cle Elum using Rossetti Way and the lower section of South Cle Elum Way. A section of South Cle Elum Way between First Street in Cle Elum and Rossetti Way remained closed for about three hours.

A woman walking her dog Friday morning called police to report a man floating face down in the Yakima River. Emergency crews dispatched to the scene found the man in Crystal Creek, near the intersection of South Cle Elum Way and Rossetti Street. The man had been dead for an unknown amount of time.

Officers from the Cle Elum Police Department, the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Patrol responded to the incident, along with crews from Kittitas County Fire District No. 7.

Ferguson said law enforcement officers still have a lot of work ahead of them in the investigation.

2:35 p.m.: CLE ELUM — A body was found under the Interstate 90 overpass heading into South Cle Elum late Friday morning.

Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies are still at the scene after responding to a report of a person lying face down in a creek near South Cle Elum Way.

A coroner was called out to the scene at about 11:15 a.m.

The main roadway into South Cle Elum was closed for more than three hours, and opened at about 2:30 p.m. Friday.

The identity of the body is not known at this time. This is a developing story and additional details will be posted as they become available.


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