Missing man, 29, found dead in Lynnwood

Sawyer West checked out of a group home over a month ago. His body was discovered not far away on Thursday.

Sawyer West was last seen Oct. 16 at Highway 99 and 220th Street Southwest in Lynnwood. (Courtesy Carol Crane)

LYNNWOOD — A man found dead behind an Edmonds College building has been identified as Sawyer West, who had been missing since October.

The death is not considered suspicious, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.

West, 29, was last seen alive near Highway 99 and 220th Street SW on Oct. 16, when he checked out of a group home and disappeared. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia years ago.

Last month his mother walked up and down the highway, pulling a wagon with her son’s face and name on it, hoping someone had seen him: a 5-foot-9 man last known to be wearing a green hoodie, with a slight build, light brown hair and bluish gray eyes.

A maintenance worker found the body around 10 a.m. Thursday, near a storage building in the 7000 block of 196th Street SW. Lynnwood police responded. The county medical examiner’s office confirmed the identity Friday afternoon.

People seeking support can reach out to the Snohomish County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness at namisnohomishcounty.org or 425-339-3620.

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