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Posted on: August 23, 2017

Pierce County Medical Examiner seeks friends and families to reclaim remains of deceased

The friends and family members of 56 individuals who died in Pierce County have one last opportunity to reclaim their remains. The list of individuals can be found below and at www.co.pierce.wa.us/medicalexaminer.


The Pierce County Medical Examiner plans to scatter unclaimed ashes on the waters of Puget Sound in August. Ashes being scattered are from individuals who died between August 2009 and August 2016.


The Medical Examiner’s office will board a Pierce County Sheriff’s boat to respectfully scatter remains that have gone unclaimed. “Everything possible is done to find the next of kin or friends of the deceased,” said Dr. Thomas Clark, Medical Examiner. He added that family members or friends are not always interested in claiming remains.


The practice of scattering ashes by the Medical Examiner started in 2014 due to limited resources and an inability to store records indefinitely. Clark said it is more dignified and environmentally friendly to scatter ashes than storing them on a shelf.


Please contact the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s office at (253) 798-6494 prior to Aug. 28, 2017, to claim remains. Information on all unclaimed cases in Pierce County can be found at https://claimus.org/.  


Armbruster, Deborah A. (case #16-0877)—Age 67, Died May 13, 2016 in Tacoma

Ausbun, Michael D. (case #16-0333)—Age 67, Died February 13, 2016 in Lakewood

Baker, John (case #16-0025)—Age 67, Died January 5, 2016 in University Place

Bosque, Fernando Del (case #11-0048)—Age 71, Died January 10, 2011 in University Place

Davis, David Lee (case #11-1822)—Age 75, Died December 19, 2011 in Tacoma

Edington, Lawrence Edward (case #15-1942)—Age 79, died November 28, 2015 in Gig Harbor

Emwright, Frank Patrick (case #16-0616)—Age 66, Died March 30, 2016 in University Place

Garrett, Richard (case #15-2141)—Age 78, Died December 28, 2015 in Tacoma

Gonzalez, Carlos Rosa (case #10-0839)—Age 58, Died July 1, 2010 in Tacoma

Haddow, John (case #15-1620)—Age 79, Died October 9, 2015 in Tacoma

Haines, Kurt (case #15-1381)—Age 57, Died August 26, 2015 in Puyallup

Harris aka Schubert, William Arthur (case #11-0464)—Age 62, Died April 3, 2011 in Steilacoom

Harvey, Jerry Lee (case #16-0489)—Age 62, Died March 11, 2016 in Tacoma

Hirz II, William Stewart (case #16-1102)—Age 70, Died June 21, 2016 in Tacoma

Hoglund, Gerald (case #16-0218)—Age 75, Died January 30, 2016 in Puyallup

Hopkins, Dennis Ray (case #15-1958)—Age 58, Died December 1, 2015 in Tacoma

Horowitz, Peter (case #15-1876)—Age 83, Died November 17, 2015 in Tacoma

Irelan, Susan Patricia (case #16-1513)—Age 63, Died August 24, 2016 in Tacoma

James, Karin (case #16-0204)—Age 47, Died January 28, 2016 in Bonney Lake

Johnson, David A. (case #13-0987)—Age 57, Died June 16, 2013 in Puyallup

Kaiser, Charles (case #09-1053)—Age 59, Died August 18, 2009 in Tacoma

Kaufman, Lillie (case #15-1358)—Age 74, Died August 22, 2015 in University Place

Kiang, Chi Fan (case #16-0513)—Age 81, Died March 15, 2016 in Gig Harbor

Lee, Jin Hwan (case #15-1921)—Age 49, Died November 25, 2015 in Lakewood

Lee, Kwon (case #14-0488)—Age 56, Died March 28, 2014 in Tacoma

Lewis, Lonnie W. (case #15-2101)—Age 73, Died December 22, 2015 in Tacoma

Lucas, Eberado (case #16-0530)—Age 68, Died March 18, 2016 in Tacoma

Lynch, Laurie E. (case #16-1477)—Age 64, Died August 13, 2016 in Puyallup

Martin, Dennis Wayne (case #16-0404)—Age 59, Died February 26, 2016 in Lakewood

Martinez, Edward W. (case #15-1932)—Age 80, Died November 27, 2015 in Lakewood

Maurice, Mary C. (case #15-1379)—Age 73, Died August 26, 2015 in Puyallup

McNutt, Jack (case #10-0085)—Age 63, Died January 17, 2010 in Tacoma

Miller, Robert Scott (case #15-1846)—Age 46, Died November 14, 2015 in Tacoma

Moore, Elbert Tyrone (case #15-2086)—Age 55, Died December 18, 2015 in Tacoma

Morgan,  Faye S. (case #15-1630)—Age 82, Died October 11, 2015 in Tacoma

Nicholson, James Justin (case #15-1331)—Age 40, Died August 12, 2015 in Puyallup

Odoake, Melinda M.  (case #15-1748)—Age 52, Died October 27, 2015 in Tacoma

Olaizola, David River (case #16-0313)—Age 55, Died February 13, 2016 in Tacoma

Olsen, Dennis (case #15-1360)—Age 62, Died August 22, 2015 in Gig Harbor

Olsen, Gary Rolland (case #15-1589)—Age 71, Died September 30, 2015 in Spanaway

Pines, Barry L. (case #16-0357)—Age 62, Died February 14, 2016 in Tacoma

Pommerening, Richard (case #15-1651)—Age 72, Died October 14, 2015 in Tacoma

Randall, Christopher R. (case #13-0892)—Age 65, Died June 3, 2013 in Tacoma

Rees Jr.,  Charles Eugene (case #16-0114)—Age 60, Died January 19, 2016 in Lakewood

Reidel, Edward L.  (case #15-1644)—Age 52, Died October 11, 2015 in Tacoma

Schaad, Michael R. (case #16-0170)—Age 61, Died January 14, 2016 in Tacoma

Scheel, Lorrena Lynn (case #16-0194)—Age 52, Died January 21, 2016 in Tacoma

Shager, John M. (case #11-0931)—Age 69, Died July 5, 2011 in Puyallup

Smith,  Gene Gerard (case #11-0798)—Age 59, Died June 10, 2011 in Spanaway

Stanek, Marion K. (case #15-1715)—Age 68, Died October 26, 2015 in Tacoma

Stierle, Roland Frank (case #14-0967)—Age 63, Died June 24, 2014 in University Place

Taylor, Claire (case #16-1162)—Age 60, Died June 28, 2016 in Tacoma

Tinder, Alan (case #15-1741)—Age 71, Died October 20, 2015 in Tacoma

Trombley, Michael Steve (case #11-1144)—Age 54, Died August 19, 2011 in Tacoma

West , Patricia E. (case #15-2140)—Age 68, Died December 28, 2015 in Tacoma

White, Terry J. (case #16-0334)—Age 66, Died February 6, 2016 in Puyallup


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