Yakima County officials suspect homicide in Whatcom County man's death


TOPPENISH — A Whatcom County man has been identified as the victim in a suspected homicide in Yakima County over the weekend, according to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.

Pedro Marquez-Villa, 20, was found dead Saturday, June 22, behind a house outside the city of Toppenish.

Yakima officials released Marquez-Villa’s name Monday after they were unable to track down family members for the Whatcom County man.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday. Marquez-Villa apparently died from a head injury, according to the Yakima Herald-Republic.

Marquez-Villa was booked into Whatcom County Jail in February 2012 for failure to appear for marijuana possession and an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold. At the time of booking, he listed his address as in Nooksack, Undersheriff Jeff Parks said.

Marquez-Villa owed Puget Sound Energy nearly $16,000, after a judgment was entered against him in January in Whatcom County Superior Court. In October 2011, Marquez-Villa’s car crashed into PSE equipment in the 500 block of Birch Bay-Lynden Road, causing nearly $14,000 in damage, according to court records.

Reach Zoe Fraley at 360-756-2803 or zoe.fraley@bellinghamherald.com.

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