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Taylor Dock boardwalk in Bellingham closed during suspicious death investigation

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Bellingham Police Department (BPD) Lieutenant Claudia Murphy said first responders were dispatched about 7:15am on Sunday, March 12th, to the area of the Taylor Dock boardwalk due to a report of a possible body in the water.

Approximate location of body

A body was located about 10 feet offshore in the cove near the boardwalk. 

Bellingham Fire Department (BFD) personnel responded and confirmed finding a deceased person in the water and called BPD. BFD assisted in bringing the body ashore.

BPD crime scene investigators began gathering evidence and containing the crime scene.  BPD detectives were also called in to assist in the investigation of what Murphy referred to as a “suspicious death of a male in his 40s.”

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Murphy added that, “The crime scene indicates signs of violence.” An autopsy by the Medical Examiner is expected to provide the manner and cause of death. 

The quarter mile long Taylor Dock boardwalk was closed for several hours during the investigation and reopened about 4:30pm.

Anyone who may have heard or seen anything suspicious overnight in the area is asked to contact Bellingham Police in one of the following ways:

Phone tip line – 360-778-8611
Email tip line –

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