After an extensive one-week search, the body of Mountain View Fire and Rescue firefighter Ken Ward was found near the Wildhorse Monument near the city of George in Grant County.
Ward, 43, was reported missing on Oct. 15.
He was last seen in his truck in Rosyln, Wash. that Saturday morning.
“We were doing a huge search across the state with volunteers from various agencies, police and fire,” said department Public Information Officer Tim Perciful. “We had over 100 volunteers go out, driving on back roads in ATVs. We even had helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft going out to search for him.”
Perciful said the search went as far north as Leavenworth, south toward the Tri-Cities, and even out to Spokane, as well as all throughout King and Pierce counties.
Ward’s body was found the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 22 by an off-duty police officer, about an hour’s drive from where he was last seen.
The Grant County coroner will be conducting an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, although the Perciful said there was no signs of malicious intent.
It was unclear why Ward was in Roslyn or near the monument.
Ward was a career firefighter with Mountain View Fire and Rescue for 10 years.
He is survived by his family and three children.
As of press deadline, there were no details on a memorial service available.