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Seabeck man dies in his own backyard

William K. Anunson, 51, was found dead in the woods on Wednesday, about 15 yards behind his house.

He apparently died of hypothermia with secondary malnutrition and dehydration.

An area resident found the body in the 17000 block of N.W. Hintzville Road. Tests are still being done to determine how long the man had been there. His body was in an advanced stage of decomposition.

Apparently the man led a loner lifestyle and didn’t have much in his house. The Sheriff’s Office interviewed neighbors who said they didn’t know him and had only seen him only once or twice a year. Because of his lifestyle, nobody realized he was missing.

The Sheriff’s Office was originally going to use a lift bucket to drop down to where the man was so that the scene would not be disturbed and pictures could be taken from above, but the equipment wasn’t available. Instead, the Sheriff’s Office blazed a trail in that was far enough from the scene to make sure nothing was disturbed. The investigation found nothing suspicious or criminal in nature.

A portion of N.W. Hintzville Road, north of West One Mile Road, was closed to traffic for five hours during the course of the investigation on Wednesday. The closure of this road delayed school buses and some people were unable to pick up their children at Klahowya Secondary School and Seabeck Elementary School.

“We were notified in the afternoon right before we were letting children out of school that there was a problem out in the Seabeck area along one of our bus routes that turned into a crime scene,” said school superintendent Greg Lynch during a Wednesday evening board of directors meeting.

The Kitsap Coroner’s Office was able to locate and notify Anunson’s brother.

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