Teen’s body found behind apartments

A neighbor discovered the body of a 13-year-old boy Thursday morning lying face-down in the grass behind Lund Point Apartments on Valentine Lane, just outside Port Orchard.

The deceased, who was identified as Michael Ellingsen, lived in the apartment complex with his mother and older sister.

He was last seen Wednesday evening shortly before 7:30 and was reported as a runaway soon thereafter.

As far as the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department knows, Ellingsen was not involved in any incidents between the time he was last seen alive and when he was found.

There were no obvious signs of trauma on his body. The coroner had not established a time of death as of Thursday evening.

Police are treating the incident as a suspicious death; an autopsy was scheduled for 9 a.m. yesterday.

Blood work has also been ordered, but results may take two weeks or more. Lt. Jim Harris of the Sheriff’s Department said law enforcement officials always do blood work for suspicious deaths, even if there’s no reason to expect any substance was the cause of death.

“It’s automatic to do the blood and have it examined, especially when you don’t have any sign of trauma,” Harris said.

Sheriff Steve Boyer, however, said there is the possibility illicit substances could have played a role in the boy’s death. Although the department has no record of the boy ever getting into trouble with the law before, a drug overdose is a possibility.

“If that’s true, that’s really sad,” Boyer said. “But it’s a speculative point.”

Ellingsen was homeschooled and therefore was not a part of the South Kitsap school system. Police are currently attempting to locate the boy’s friends and determine where he was and what he was doing before he died.

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