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March 6, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Man fleeing bail bondsman apparently drowned in Sammamish Slough

The body of a 31-year-old man who was last seen running from a bail bondsman Monday night near the Sammamish Slough in Kenmore was pulled from the water Tuesday, the victim of an apparent drowning, the King County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West said she didn’t have information on where the man lived or why he was being sought. His identity and cause of death are pending, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The man was found in 8 feet of water about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The first caller to 911 reported that a uniformed person was chasing a young man toward the slough in the 17400 block of 82nd Court Northeast, West said in a news release. Others callers said they heard splashing and a man yelling for help in the water, according to West.

On Tuesday, deputies contacted a woman who was with the man when he fled. She reported that after the man ran, he phoned her and told her to meet him on the other side of the slough, according to West.

Members of the sheriff’s marine-rescue and dive units searched for the man Monday night without success; they returned to the scene Tuesday and found the man’s body in the water near 16900 81st Avenue Northeast.

Detectives are investigating the incident.

Last week, Snohomish County sheriff’s investigators said a body pulled Feb. 29 from a Lynnwood-area lake was believed to be that of a man who had escaped from authorities three days earlier following a car chase.

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