UPDATE: Deceased man found north of Olympia identified, incident deemed homicide

UPDATE 8:30 pm

The male subject who was found deceased on 12th Ave NE near South Bay Rd has been identified, and has been deemed the victim of a homicide, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

He was identified as 37 year old Jose Luis Alejo Tamayo of Chehalis. His body was located around 8:00 am Sunday morning by a person jogging in the area. He died as result of a gunshot wound.

Detectives documented the scene, made notification to the man’s family and are working to follow up on available leads, the Sheriff’s Office said. Anyone with information on the case is asked to email Detective Reynolds at howard.reynolds@co.thurston.wa.us.


The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a passerby reported that a person appeared to be lying in a ditch on 12th Ave NE near South Bay Road Sunday morning.

Medics responded with deputies to the scene just before 8:00 am, and they found the subject deceased, according to scanner traffic. Additional information was not immediately available.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office were responding to the scene along with staff from the Thurston County Coroner’s Office. The road is fully blocked.

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