YAKIMA, Wash. — Investigators have yet to identify the body of a man found stabbed to death in downtown Yakima.
Capt. Rod Light, a spokesman for the Yakima Police Department, described the difficulty investigators are having in identifying the body as “weird.”
It’s a bit unusual. It’s a bit outside the standard timeline,” he said of the delay in identifying the man, adding, “We’re frustrated right now.”
The body, described as a white male in his mid 50s, was discovered Tuesday morning in a parking lot between Cafe Melange and the Garden Girl shop in the downtown North Front Street Historic District.
Light said the man had been stabbed repeatedly. A more precise figure is pending an autopsy this morning.
Based on a witness statement, investigators believe the man’s death probably coincided with a disturbance in the parking lot about 11 or 11:30 p.m. Monday.
The body went undiscovered for hours because businesses in the area were closed by then. The witness reported the disturbance only after the body was discovered.
Light said there have been no reports of a missing person and that investigators ran the man’s fingerprints but did not get a match.
The lack of a fingerprint match is troubling, Light said, because it would tend to rule out a homeless person.
The man was about 5-foot-9 and 225 pounds with white hair and a white beard.
Investigators said he was wearing blue jeans, slip-on loafers and a blue Columbia jacket. He also had glasses.