Two found dead in Birch Bay woods

Published on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 by Jack Kintner

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Two found dead in Birch Bay woods

By Jack Kintner

Whatcom County law enforcement officials are investigating the deaths of two county residents who were found near a Birch Bay cabin last weekend.

Michael Day, a 21-year-old student at Whatcom Community College, was found dead last Saturday evening west of the corner of Blaine and Anderson roads. A companion, Maya Smith, 20, of Bellingham, was found with him.

According to Whatcom County medical examiner Gary Goldfogel, both died from shotgun wounds to the head. A single weapon was found at the scene.

“We know the cause of death, but the circumstances are still being investigated,” Goldfogel said. Autopsies were conducted Monday but Goldfogel said a final determination as to the nature of the incident is “pending, waiting for test results and other data to come in.”

The two were discovered by a couple walking their dog down what was described as a primitive road leading back into the woods west of the intersection.

Their dog led them past a car to the couple who were found near a log that they apparently had been sitting on.

Day was a 2005 graduate of Blaine high school. He was the son of David and Nancy Day, grandson of Maynard and JoAnne Gorze and brother of Ben and Molly, all of Blaine.

Smith was a student at Squalicum high school and had been attending Bellingham Beauty Academy until classmates said she took a leave of absence to deal with “difficult circumstances.”

A celebration of Day’s life is scheduled for Saturday, March 22, at 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Blaine.