An autopsy was conducted on Saturday January 26, 2019 in relation to the discovery of a body 7 miles east of Cougar Wa, off Forest Road 83 last Thursday.
The autopsy revealed the cause of death to be homicidal violence.
Preliminary identification of the deceased adult male has been made but is not being released until next of kin can be located and notified.
The Sheriff’s Office does not believe there is any danger or threat to recreationalist visiting the Ape Cave or other recreation sites in the area. Any person who was in the area of Ape Cave / Marble Mountain on or around January 23rd and saw any suspicious activity is asked to contact detectives with the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.