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Fisherman found dead at Baker Lake drowned, autopsy finds

Glen Richardson, 49, of Bellingham, was last seen around 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, in a small aluminum powerboat on Baker Lake. His body was recovered July 29; a Whatcom County medical examiner said he died of accidental drowning.
Glen Richardson, 49, of Bellingham, was last seen around 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, in a small aluminum powerboat on Baker Lake. His body was recovered July 29; a Whatcom County medical examiner said he died of accidental drowning. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A man who went missing on Baker Lake and was found dead more than two weeks later died of accidental drowning, said Gary Goldfogel, Whatcom County medical examiner.

Glen J. Richardson, 49, of Bellingham, was first reported missing the morning of July 14. Richardson had taken a small boat on the lake to fish about 8 p.m. the night before and didn’t return.

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office searched for Richardson for four days before suspending the search on the morning of July 18. The search had turned up only an oar from Richardson’s boat.

A group boating on the lake reported a body at the north end of the lake Friday afternoon, July 29. The Sheriff’s Office could not immediately determine that it was Richardson, but later confirmed it was.

There were no suspicious findings from the autopsy, Goldfogel said. Richardson was not wearing a life jacket at the time of his death.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan

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