A human skull and bones found along a wooded trail by Bastyr University students were identified as a missing Kenmore man, the King County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.
The students found the skull and bones at NE 143rd Street and Juanita Drive NE on Thursday. The King County Medical Examiner confirmed the remains belonged to Brian MacDonald.
MacDonald was reported missing on April 4, 2006 when he was 46-years-old. According to police, he had dropped his daughter off at school and told her he was going for a walk. He was never seen again.
Detectives are looking into MacDonald's activities at the time of disappearance, but said there is no indication of foul play.
The King County sheriff’s Major Crimes detectives conducted an evidence search at the site on Thursday.
Investigators used sifters, metal detectors and shovels, looking for other bones, teeth, clothing -- anything that could provide clues about this man.
Right now, it’s not clear whether the MacDonald died at the scene or whether the body or bones were placed there at some point after his death.
Sgt. Katie Larson, King County Sheriff’s Office said, “We’re going to go through the area and we’re looking for the rest of the remains. Remember, this is the Pacific Northwest. We have weather conditions to deal with, as well as animal activity.”
Officers are treating this as a crime scene – working backwards – trying to develop a history and what led to this man being in the woods. Investigators said identifying the man is the first step in that process.