Authorities Identify Body Found East of Wapato

Sheriff’s Office Investigating Possible Homicide

On 12-14-2014 at about 1500 hours the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a human body that had been located by hunters in a remote area east of Wapato. The body had been significantly consumed by animal predation and an immediate cause of death could not be determined. The area is located off of East Wapato Rd near Annie Moses Rd.

An autopsy was performed on 12-15-2014. The autopsy suggests that the victim died by homicidal violence. The victim was found to have extensive trauma to the skull.

The victim has been identified as 29 year old Omar Vargas-Cortez. Next of kin have been notified. Mr Vargas-Cortes was last known to have been contacted by law enforcement officers on 12-04-2014 and so his death would have taken place after that date. Suspects have not been identified in the case. Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office at 574-2500 or tips can be called into Crime Stoppers of Yakima County at 248-9980 or 800-248-9980. Tips can also be e-mailed to Crime Stoppers of Yakima County at