WAPATO, Wash. — First a man who had been shot several times showed up at Toppenish Community Hospital. Then a man’s body was found on a remote dirt road west of Wapato.
Now the FBI is investigating.
“We can’t rule out some connection at this point,” Frank Harrill, spokesman for FBI regional headquarters in Spokane.
Harrill said the investigation began Wednesday morning when a man who had been shot several times arrived at Toppenish Community Hospital.
Meanwhile, the body of a man was “recovered” near the end of Kays Road west of Wapato, Harrill said. He did not elaborate on the timing or nature of the recovery.
“The contemporaneous nature is a component of whether these two incidents are linked,” he said.
Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins said the body bore obvious signs of head trauma and that the case is being treated as a possible homicide.
“It’s suspicious,” Hawkins said. An autopsy is planned for today.
Although authorities have identified the man being treated for the gunshot wound, the identity of the dead man remains unknown, Harrill and Hawkins said.
The FBI is investigating because the area where the body was found is on the Yakima Nation reservation and therefore under federal jurisdiction. Tribal police are assisting, Harrill said.
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