The Goldendale Sentinel -


Man found dead at Klickitat River camp


Klickitat County Sheriffs Office deputies responded to the report of a dead man at a campground along SR 142, five miles north of Lyle. Nearby campers had noticed a lack of activity at a camp site that was set near the shrubs in the far south end of the campground and that a dog was unattended at the site. One of the campers investigated on the morning of June 21 and found a man who appeared to have died inside the tent.

The camper called the Sheriff’s Office and tended to the dog.

The man was later identified as 50 year old Vincent L. Coonts, address not given. Cause of death has not been confirmed by the Clark County Medical Examiner, however investigators believe Coonts may have taken his own life and drug paraphernalia was apparent in the tent. The dog was taken to the animal shelter in Goldendale.


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