Man found dead in Bellingham's Franklin Park identified


BELLINGHAM - A man found dead in Franklin Park has been identified as a former honors student from Chelan.

A neighbor found the young man - William Viktor Litvin, 19 -unresponsive in the park about 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Medics confirmed he had died. The man was well dressed and clean shaven. But he carried no wallet and no cellphone.

Early on in the investigation, police asked for the public's help to figure out his identity. Litvin's roommate contacted police after hearing about the discovery in the park. Litvin had last been seen about four hours before the body was found, Bellingham Police Sgt. Jason Monson said.

Police continue to investigate what happened during those hours, but they don't suspect foul play, Monson said. No signs of trauma were found on the body.

After an autopsy Monday morning, authorities released the name. An initial test came up positive for drugs, but details won't be released until the cause of death can be confirmed, said Whatcom County Medical Examiner Gary Goldfogel.

Litvin ran cross country at Chelan High School. He was also a member of the school's honor society, according to the Lake Chelan Mirror.

In spring, he attended Western Washington University. Litvin hadn't declared a major, said university spokesman Paul Cocke. He lived in the Sehome neighborhood, about a half-mile from Franklin Park.

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