Bellingham police ID body found in Whatcom Creek

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 28, 2014 

BELLINGHAM - The name of the man whose body was found in Whatcom Creek Sunday, April 27, was released Monday by the Bellingham Police Department.

There were no signs of inflicted trauma on Johnnie Kamkoff, 34, who is believed to be a transient.

His cause of death remains undetermined, according to Whatcom County Medical Examiner Gary Goldfogel, who performed an autopsy Monday morning. Police don't suspect foul play in the death. So far it appears Kamkoff drowned, but final investigation results are pending.

An employee at the Grocery Outlet at York and Ellis streets discovered the body around 11:53 a.m. Sunday and called police. It's unclear where Kamkoff went in the water, though he was found caught in an eddy between logs in the middle of the creek. The body was moderately decomposed and had been in the water for weeks, Goldfogel said.

Kamkoff, who had a history of minor crimes, was in Whatcom County Jail in early March after failing to appear on a charge of disorderly conduct.

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