|Human remains found in park identified as Kenmore man|
|Written by Don Mann|
|Monday, 15 October 2012 13:05|
The skull and bones found by two Bastyr University students in Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore Oct. 4 have been identified as a missing Kenmore man.
The King County Medical Examiner confirmed Tuesday the human remains were those of Kenmore resident Brian MacDonald, who was reported missing on April 4, 2006, more than six years ago.
MacDonald, 46 at the time of his disappearance, was last seen dropping off his daughter at school and told her he was going for a walk, according to King County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West.
He was never seen again.
On Thursday, Oct. 4, detectives were called to a heavily wooded area near Bastyr University after two students walking in the area discovered the remains.
Saint Edward State Park is a 316-acre park in Kenmore, bordering on Kirkland, with a well-traveled network of trails for hikers and bicyclists.
Bastyr University, located on 51 acres of Saint Edwards State Park, is a private institution which teaches naturopathic medicine.
According to one report, MacDonald’s remains were found about 100 feet from the intersection of Juanita Drive N.E. and N.E. 143rd Street.
Detectives said they are looking into MacDonald’s activities at the time of his disappearance but there is no indication of foul play. MacDonald was identified through dental records, but the cause of death was yet to be determined, West said.
According to the National Missing Person Directory, MacDonald was in the process of a divorce, unemployed and deep in debt. He regularly took long walks, and his car and wallet were later found at his Kenmore home near Finn Hill, about five blocks from where his remains were found.