While fire fighters at the scene reported that the man was 70 years old, My Green Lake tipster Silver heard via the city’s Police, Fire, and EMS scanner that the man was 74 years old.
According to Seattle Fire Department Battalion Chief J.D. Hagen, the fire department found the man face down in shallow water, about 5-10 feet offshore. The rescue team was immediately able to retrieve him from the water and began life-saving efforts. They attempted to resuscitate him for 25-30 minutes and were ultimately unsuccessful. Silver reports hearing that the rescue efforts were abandoned at 8:27 a.m.
There were no signs of foul play. As Chief Hagen says,
Our best guess is that this gentleman was out for walk, or perhaps sitting or standing on the dock, enjoying the beautiful morning that we’re having after so many days of rain, and then had some kind of medical emergency that caused him to fall in.
I also spoke with Officer D.M. Leslie. After most of the other units had left, Officer Leslie was at the scene, waiting for the Medical Examiner to arrive.
Officer Leslie told me that the man was found with a wallet full of credit cards, family pictures, and identification. He was “dressed like you and me” and did not appear to be homeless. When the police ran his ID, they discovered that the man was reported missing to the King County Sherif’s Office three days ago.
Officer Leslie shared the following Death Scene sketch with me: