EVERETT — Officials have identified a man who was found dead Feb. 7 in a north Everett alleyway.
Ronald L. Brown, 46, was found in the 2600 block of Hoyt Avenue. Police believe he died at a home along Colby Avenue, about a block away.
Four people who were with Brown when he died reportedly put his body in the alley so they wouldn’t get in trouble, police said.
The four were arrested hours later for investigation of unlawful disposal of remains, a misdemeanor under Washington state law.
Brown died of acute intoxication from the combined effects of alcohol and opiates, likely heroin, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. His death was ruled an accident.
Brown had struggled to find his way in life but spent the last six years living in Everett and working as a house painter, according to a family statement to The Herald. Brown had been out of work in recent months after a bad fall.
“He was a very good son, and he was very loving and kind,” the statement said.