Man shot in the head, left in lake identified after 25 years

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A man who was shot in the head and dumped in Lake Stickney in the late ’80s has been identified nearly 26 years after his body was found.

KCPQ-TV reports the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office announced this week that Rodney Peter Johnson was the man whose body was found floating in the lake in 1994. His remains went unidentified for more than two decades.

Johnson was last seen by family members sometime around late 1987 or early 1988 when he reportedly left on a camping trip. His body was pulled from the lake in June 1994, but investigators believe he’d been under water for several years.

Detectives concluded Johnson was 25 years old when he was shot in the head in 1987. His body likely was weighted down in the lake until it surfaced seven years later.

Forensic investigators said they used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing and a public genealogy website to crack the cold case.

Detectives believe Johnson lived in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood and worked at the Golden Dragon Chinese restaurant around the time of his death.

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