The King County Medical Examiner identified the man who drowned in the Green River in Auburn as 47-year-old David Dearing.
Around 3:50 p.m. July 29, someone reported a dead body to the Auburn Police Department. Police turned the investigation over to the medical examiner’s office, according to the police blotter.
As of press time, it is unclear when the drowning actually occurred. According to Auburn police, it could have happened anytime between 8 a.m. July 26 and 3:47 p.m. July 29 when the body was reported to police.
The King County Medical Examiner listed the cause of death as asphyxia due to drowning with drug intoxication including methamphetamine as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is a disease that makes breathing difficult.
The medical examiner listed the manner of Dearing’s death as accidental.
The easiest way to help prevent drowning at Washington’s rivers, lakes and beaches is by wearing a life jacket, according to the King County Department of Health. For more tips on staying safe while swimming, visit King County’s website.