Police found the body of the Puyallup man who went missing on Monday on the BPA trail in Federal Way on Friday.
“It appears the subject committed suicide,” Federal Way police Commander Kurt Schwan said in an email, adding that Tukwila detectives responded as part of their investigation and the medical examiner took custody of the deceased.
However, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet released the man’s official manner and cause of death. The Mirror will update this story when that information becomes available.
James Yielding, age 51, had been missing since Monday night. Police located his vehicle at about noon on Wednesday at the BPA trailhead in the 1800 block of SW 356th St. in Federal Way, according to Schwan.
The vehicle had Yielding’s wallet, phone and medication inside, according to a Facebook post that the man’s friends and family have publicly shared with online local community groups. The window was also smashed out.
The man’s wife, Amanda Yielding, had told the Mirror the last time she heard from her husband was around 7 p.m. on Monday when he texted her. A tracking app on her phone showed his last location was at the Federal Way trailhead around 1:32 a.m. on Tuesday.
James Yielding had been temporarily staying at a Tukwila hotel, so the Tukwila Police Department led the investigation. Federal Way police assisted Tukwila police with a search of the trail on Wednesday, which was met with negative results.
It is unclear how police located the man’s body on Friday and whether that was by another search.