Update on Silver Alert from Lt. Greg Booth:
"On Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 10:58am, the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office received a report from employees of the State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), of a possibly deceased person lying in the area of a vehicle on a utility service road, north of the 26000 block of Walker Valley Road. The area is remote, and typically only accessed by utility and DNR employees.
On arrival, deputies located a deceased elderly white male laying near a damaged vehicle, identified as the white, 2000, Saturn SL1 associated with Mr. Tinsley in the Silver Alert. The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office contacted detectives with the Mount Vernon Police Department who responded and conducted the scene investigation.
Detective’s located additional evidence at the scene leading them to believe the deceased is in fact, Ralph Tinsley. As a result, detectives made notification to the family.
At the conclusion of the on-scene investigation, the body was turned over to the Skagit County Coroner’s Office. The cause of death is undetermined at this time, pending results of the autopsy. The vehicle was also impounded for additional investigation.
The family of Mr. Tinsley, and the Mount Vernon Police Department want to express our thanks to the public for their concern and interest in helping locate him. We received several reports of possible sightings over the course of the last week, which detectives reviewed and determined were unrelated. These are very difficult cases for the involved families and law enforcement, and we had all hoped for a different outcome.
Detectives are asking anyone who may have observed the vehicle on the service road, over the last week, to contact the Mount Vernon Police Department at (360) 336-6271."