Missing man found dead in Spokane River died of drowning, drug intoxication
SPOKANE, Wash. — A man reported missing and later found dead, died from drowning in the Spokane River, the Spokane County Medical Examiner said Monday.
Ricky Coffee’s body was found in the Spokane River in early June, several days after he was reported missing. The Medical Examiner has not determined the manner of Coffee’s death, but said methamphetamine intoxication and dilated cardiomyopathy were contributing factors.
Coffee was last seen alive at the Wal-Mart on N. Cotton on May 11. At that time, surveillance video of the store parking showed he spoke with a man who arrived in a pickup truck.
Police said there was a verbal exchange between Coffee and the man over the headlights of the truck shining on Coffee. In early July, police were asking for help identifying the man in the truck. He is not a suspect or person of interest, but police believe he could shed light on Coffee’s original disappearance.
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