WENATCHEE — A man killed in a triple fatality near Chelan was misidentified because he carried another man’s wallet and identity, Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris said.
The dead man appeared to match the identity, so Harris notified the brother of 24-year-old Fidencio Vargas Gonzalez, of East Wenatchee, on Wednesday that his brother had died.
“It was tough to see him go through the grief,” Harris said Thursday.
A couple of hours later, he heard from the brother’s wife.
“She said, `My husband’s brother is alive, we’re standing here talking with him!”’ Harris said. He said he had lost his wallet a few months back.
“I was glad to hear it, but it gave me a complex issue to figure out,” Harris said.
The dead man is still unidentified. Harris has his fingerprints, a DNA sample and a few leads to investigate.
He was told the man was the boyfriend of Angelica M. Medina Aguilar, 38, of Chelan, who was killed when the car she was driving crossed the center line on Highway 97A and collided with another car.
Her 4-year-old son, Guadalupe, also was killed in the Tuesday night crash, the Washington State Patrol said. A woman driving the other car was injured.
The dead woman’s relatives didn’t know her boyfriend’s name.
Harris assumes the man had been living in the Chelan area. There were some other papers in the wallet that provide possible clues to the man’s true identity. Harris also hopes a tip from the public may solve the mystery.
The dead man was about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighed about 160 pounds. He had black hair about 4 inches long, a thin mustache, and a “chin-strap” type beard and goatee. He was wearing heavy-duty tan work boots, blue jeans, a blue polo shirt with a Highlander Golf Club logo, and a camouflage pullover sweatshirt.
He appears to have had recent chemical burns to the back of his hands, face and forearms, which are not the result of the accident, Harris said. His forehead also showed indentation, possibly from safety goggles. This suggests he may have worked with agricultural chemicals or some type of mild acid.