Autopsy set for today on man found dead in Pasco hotel


An autopsy is planned for today on the body of a man found dead Tuesday in a room at the Tahitian Inn on West Lewis Street in Pasco.

Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel said in a Wednesday press release that the man has been identified but the name has not been released pending next of kin notification.

Dr. Sig Menchel, a forensic pathologist from the Seattle area, will perform the autopsy, the release said.

The room in which the man was found was in disarray and there appeared to have been a fire, Pasco police said.

Pasco police said Wednesday that officers have completed the crime scene investigation, are awaiting autopsy results and had nothing new to report.

The circumstances were suspicious enough that police are investigating the death as a possible homicide, police reported.

The Tahitian is on the 2700 block of Lewis. Owner Fen Li said she didn't know anything about the circumstances of the death or the person staying in the room.

2 hurt in Richland crash when driver fails to stop

Two people were injured Tuesday night after a driver failed to stop at a light and collided with another car on Highway 240, the Washington State Patrol reported.

Nathan Dixon-Scott, 18, of Benton City, was driving a 1995 Ford Taurus south on Aaron Drive in Richland about 10 p.m. when he failed to stop at the traffic light at the Highway 240 intersection, the State Patrol said.

His car struck a 2005 Suzuki X17 driven by Rachel Ann Current, 25, of Kennewick, who was driving east on Highway 240, the State Patrol said.

Both drivers were taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center. Dixon-Scott was treated and released but a hospital spokeswoman would not release any information on Current's condition.

Both cars were totaled. Dixon-Scott was cited for failing to obey a traffic light, the State Patrol said.

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