Man killed in downtown Yakima died from beating, puncture wounds

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima police identified the homicide victim found on N. Front St. Tuesday as a 70-year-old Yakima man.

Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins, who performed the autopsy, said the man did not die from stab wounds. He died of a combination of head and neck trauma and puncture wounds. It's unclear what caused the puncture wounds - they were not from a knife or a needle.

Authorities do not have any suspects, but they are pursuing leads on the case.

Police were able to identify the man with help from the coroner. Hawkins found the victim's name inscribed on his partial dentures. He also found a car key in the man's pocket.

Police later found the victim's car in the area where his body was found. They used the license plate from the car to get a photo of the registered owner. That photo matched the victim.

Investigators are working to get a search warrant to enter the man's home. Police said he lives in Yakima but not in the area where he was found dead.

His identity will be released as soon as the victim's family is notified.