Body found near Clinton ferry dock identified

CLINTON – A body found floating near the Clinton ferry dock Monday has been identified as a Snohomish woman missing since Nov. 2, the Island County Coroner’s Office reported.

Deonna L. Bruner, 39, likely died Nov. 2 and had been in the water since then, Island County Coroner Robert Bishop said. An autopsy indicated her body originally was in fresh water; recent flooding probably pushed her body out of a river and across Possession Sound, Bishop said.

The cause of her death is under investigation, but no significant injuries were apparent, Bishop said.

Bruner was last seen about 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 leaving a Snohomish tavern in the 900 block of First Street with three men, police said. Investigators do not know what happened to her after that.

Her body was located at 8:16 a.m. Monday in the waters near the Clinton ferry terminal. Ferry runs were delayed while the Island County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

Anyone with information about Bruner is asked to call the Snohomish Police Department at 360-568-0888.

Darrington: Missing man found dead

An 83-year-old Smokey Point man reported missing last week was found dead Saturday, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday.

Hunters discovered Fred Beilfus’ body about 11:30 a.m. Saturday on a forest service road near Mount Pugh, sheriff’s deputy Rich Niebusch said. Beilfus’ Chevrolet Blazer apparently went off the road and over an embankment, dropping 40 to 60 feet, Niebusch said.

He was able to get himself out of the car and back to the road, where he died of hypothermia, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“We wish we knew why he was there, but we don’t,” Niebusch said. “It was an area where we didn’t even know to look for him in.”

Beilfus’ family started a search for him after he did not return home Dec. 6 from a bar in Arlington.

Oak Harbor: Search part of hunt for girl

Police have searched the home of an 18-year-old Oak Harbor man who was the last person to see a missing teenager before she disappeared.

Officers are still looking for Elaine Sepulveda, 15, who was reported missing Nov. 6.

She apparently sneaked out of the house about 2:45 a.m. Nov. 6 to meet the man in the area of SE Fourth Street and Regatta Avenue. The man told police the last time he saw Sepulveda she walking toward her home.

Detectives are trying to determine why the man had clothing the girl was wearing when she left her house, Oak Harbor Capt. Rick Wallace said Monday. He declined to say what detectives found in their search of the man’s home Friday.

Sepulveda’s friends told police the man was her boyfriend, but he has denied having a relationship with her, Wallace said. Sepulveda’s friends have told police she was four months pregnant.

Detectives became suspicious of Sepulveda’s disappearance when her identification and money were found at her home. Volunteers have combed the dense woods near Sepulveda’s home and the beaches but have found no trace of the teen.

Anyone with information about Sepulveda is asked to call the Oak Harbor Police Department at 360-240-2818, during business hours, or a dispatcher at 360-679-9567.

Index: Overturned truck blocks U.S. 2

An overturned semi-truck blocked the westbound lanes of U.S. 2 for more than six hours Monday, according to the State Patrol.

The truck tipped onto its side after rounding a curve, the State Patrol reported. The driver had minor injuries.

From Herald staff reports

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