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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Missing L.S. man’s body found in Snohomish

 

August 23, 2011

Lake Stevens resident Edward Joseph Kirgan, 48, left Bert’s Tavern in Bothell on Sunday, August 14 on his 1997 Honda VTX motorcycle and was not seen or heard from after that.

Kirgan’s family reported him missing to the Lake Stevens Police the next day. The police, along with family and friends, started looking for Kirgan immediately and were concerned about health problems Kirgan had.

After only a few days of searching, Kirgan’s body, along with his motorcycle, was found in a ditch off of Marsh Road in Snohomish.

“His family was out searching different routes and located him in a deep ditch along Marsh Road,” Lake Stevens Police Chief Randy Celori said.

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office arrived to the scene after a call was made at approximately 10 a.m. Thursday morning where a man’s body was found in the 8200 block of Marsh Road.

It was obvious this wasn’t a recent crash, but detectives don’t know exactly how long the man had been there, Rebecca Hover of Sheriff’s Office said.

Detectives were aware of the missing motorcyclist from the city of Lake Stevens and felt it might be the same person.

Marsh Road was closed for several hours while firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 4 recovered the body and motorcycle from the ditch,” Hover said.

When Kirgan was first reported missing police were concerned that he may have been in an accident on his motorcycle.

“There is no evidence that shows that Kirgan has been the victim of a crime, but the investigation is ongoing,” the missing persons report said. “It may be that Kirgan has been involved in an accident on his motorcycle somewhere in the area and the accident is unreported or unknown due to having no witnesses and/or in a rural area.”

 

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