Man found dead in downtown Blaine ‘likely drug related’


Blaine Police Department (BPD) closed a section of Peace Portal Drive as it investigated a death the morning of Friday, May 3. No foul play is suspected, according to the department.

Blaine officers were dispatched at 9:23 a.m. and found a 31-year-old white man dead in a portable toilet at the intersection of Peace Portal Drive and Boblett Street, BPD sergeant Tim Richardson wrote to The Northern Light in an email. The man was identified as Austin D. Davis of Wenatchee.

Richardson wrote that the death was likely drug related, and didn’t know how long the man had been dead before officers were called.

Debbie Hollis, operations manager at the Whatcom County Medical Examiner’s Office, said the cause and manner of death was pending further studies and results could take up to three months.

Law enforcement in another jurisdiction notified the next of kin, Richardson wrote.

The police department closed Peace Portal Drive from Cherry Street to Clark Street for about 30 minutes while it conducted the investigation.

This article was updated May 8 to include information that appeared in the print issue of the newspaper. 


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