Police have confirmed, but are withholding for now, the identity of a man was found fatally stabbed Tuesday morning in downtown Yakima.
An autopsy Thursday led to the discovery the man was a 70-year-old Yakima resident, but more information will not be released until his relatives have been notified, police Capt. Rod Light said in a news release.
The man’s body was found in a parking lot between two buildings in the historic Front Street district, just feet away from the sidewalk.
Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins said an autopsy confirmed the man died from a combination of blunt-force trauma and puncture wounds.
Hawkins said the man had been beaten about the head and possibly strangled, and had also been stabbed numerous times with an unknown object.
The object was probably not a knife and the puncture wounds were not deep enough to hit any major organs, the coroner said.
The man was identified after his name was found on a dental plate that was removed as part of the autopsy, Hawkins said.
Further proof came when detectives began examining a set of keys that were found in the man’s pants pocket during the autopsy, Hawkins said.
According to Hawkins, detectives found the man’s car after trying out the keys on vehicles parked close to where the body was found.
Hawkins said the registration of the vehicle was a match to the dental plate, leading to further confirmation when detectives pulled up the driver’s license of the car owner.
Light, the YPD spokesman, did not return calls Thursday afternoon for comment.
Light previously described the delay in being able to identify the victim as unusual. No hits were found as a result of fingerprint analysis.