Body found in Nooksack River identified as missing Bellingham man


Police have identified the man whose body was found in the Nooksack River Friday afternoon as 78-year-old Marion Blakemore.

Blakemore, who was last seen at his retirement community in Bellingham on Tuesday, Jan. 21, was reported missing by family members on Thursday, Jan. 23, Bellingham Police Sgt. Dave Johnson said.

In the missing person's report, relatives said Blakemore had started showing signs of dementia, but it was unclear if he had been diagnosed, Johnson said. The family did not report any other obvious medical issues.

People fishing on the river found Blakemore's body near shore about a mile downstream from Nugents Corner around 1:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24. Whatcom County Sheriff's Office personnel were able to move his remains by 3 p.m., Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Huso said.

In an email, Whatcom County Medical Examiner Gary Goldfogel reported he would perform an autopsy Monday to determine cause of death.

"On its face, we don't see any immediate signs of foul play," Huso said. "We don't have any reason at this point to think anyone had been around him."

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