Missing SK man turns up dead

A body pulled out of Sinclair Inlet on Saturday afternoon was identified as a South Kitsap man who had been missing for nearly a month, according to the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office.

Coroner Greg Sandstrom said Monday that Thomas George Felix, 50, died from saltwater drowning on approximately March 29, the day before he was reported missing by his wife.

Sandstrom said no foul play was suspected in the Mullenix resident’s death.

Volunteer divers with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office discovered Felix’s body shortly before 4 p.m. on April 23 in an area off the Port Orchard Marina that had not been searched previously, according to spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson.

Felix was reported missing on March 30 by his wife, who said she had not seen him for two days. Based on her statements, Wilson said authorities believed there was a possibility Felix could be suicidal and launched a search and rescue mission to find him.

Divers began searching for Felix in the waters near the Port Orchard Marina after a Port Orchard Police officer discovered his red, Nissan truck behind a restaurant on Bay Street the following day.

The truck was unlocked, and was determined to have been parked there since the morning of March 29.

Once the truck was discovered, officers began searching for Felix with three search dogs.

Although Wilson said the dogs picked up a tracking scent that led to the end of one public pier, divers were not able to locate the body until new information led them to search the area where he was found.

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