Kennewick senior identified as victim found by housekeeper, launching homicide investigation


UPDATE at 10:20 a.m. on May 4, 2022: Detectives investigating a body found inside of a Kennewick residence on Tuesday released the identity of the victim: 76-year-old Clayton Wick. Through the early stages of this investigation, Kennewick authorities have reason to believe the manner of his death was homicide.

Local law enforcement has been unable to successfully get in contact with the victim’s family. Forensic experts from the WSP Crime Lab remain in the Tri-Cities to case the scene and further the investigation.

The following breaking news story has been left unaltered from its original publishing. Another update and/or follow-up story will be issued once further details are revealed.

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was located by a housekeeper who visited the residence on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Lt. Jason Kiel of the Kennewick Police Department, the housekeeper arrived at a residence on the 400-block of S Buchanon St around 2:15 p.m. on May 3, 2022. Upon arrival, the housekeeper located the body and notified local law enforcement.

Based on preliminary evidence, authorities have reason to believe that the man did not die from natural causes. Therefore, the Kennewick Police Department has launched a homicide investigation to uncover further details about this situation.

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The victim has not been publically identified as law enforcement works to notify the man’s family members of this incident.

Detectives from the Kennewick Police Department are at the scene of the incident with a team from the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab en route to assist with the investigation.

This is a developing news story. An update and/or follow-up will be issued once further details are publically revealed.


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