Dead woman found in Manchester identified

MANCHESTER — The Kitsap County Coroner’s Office identified the body of a Port Orchard woman found Jan. 23 near Colchester Drive.

The woman was identified as Cathy E. Stevens, 42, according to Coroner Greg Sandstrom.

Sandstrom said family members positively identified the woman from body marks and tattoos hours after she was taken to the morgue.

Stevens’ body was discovered about 4:30 p.m. by people working on a vacant beach house on Colchester Drive, reported the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Scott Wilson, KCSO spokesman, said there was no identification on the body when if was found.

Deputies canvassed the area for any possible leads on the woman’s identify.

Wilson said there are no “obvious indications of anything suspicious” and foul play is not suspected.

When the body was found, it was wet and investigators believe it was due to tidal activity and not from floating in the water.

“The woman was dressed for elements,” Wilson said. “Whatever happened to her, happened on the beach.”

An autopsy was conducted Monday, Sandstrom said.

Sandstrom said his office is waiting for results from a toxicology report to determine the cause and manner of death.

Wilson said there is no connection between the dead woman and that of a 46-year-old woman whose body was discovered two days earlier on Blake Island.


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