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Body discovered floating in boat ruled a suicide

A 29-year-old South Kitsap man found dead in a boat near Blake Island Friday afternoon was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

Spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson said the body was found floating alone in a 15-foot, aluminum boat approximately 40 yards off the southwest corner of the island, which faces the Southworth Ferry Terminal.

According to the incident report, a Blake Island park ranger spotted the boat shortly before 3 p.m. and notified local authorities, including the U.S. Coast Guard, after determining that its occupant was dead. His car was later found parked near the Manchester boat launch.

Wilson said the Sheriff’s Office has concluded its investigation and determined that the death is not suspicious. A spokeswoman for the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office said his death had been ruled as a suicide.

However, Wilson said that an unrelated search for another missing man, Thomas George Felix, was still ongoing as of Monday, although crews were no longer searching the waters of Sinclair Inlet for the SK resident.

The 50-year-old man was reported missing by his wife March 30, and the Sheriff’s Office launched a Search & Rescue (SAR) mission to find him, receiving information that he was possibly suicidal.

After Felix’s truck was found parked behind a restaurant on Bay Street, search dogs picked up a tracking scent that led to the end of a public pier in the Port Orchard Marina and divers began an underwater search.

Felix is described as a white male, 5-10, 185 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last known to be wearing a light blue and red, ski-type parka or jacket.

The investigation into his disappearance is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Felix are asked to contact Detective Lori Blankenship at (360) 337-5615.

Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-CRIME-13.

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