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January 3, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Autopsy shows suspect in ranger's slaying drowned

Benjamin Colton Barnes

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office says an autopsy performed on Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24, shows that he drowned, with a secondary cause of death listed as hypothermia.

Barnes’ body was found Monday half-submerged in Paradise Creek at Mount Rainier National Park, one day after police believe he killed Ranger Margaret Anderson, a 34-year-old mother of two.

Barnes was the subject of a manhunt following Anderson’s death on Sunday. Police believe he wandered through the snow wearing only one tennis shoe, a T-shirt and jeans.

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