Bonney Lake police discover elaborate campsite in WSU Forest

On Nov. 10 officers responded to the report of a suspicious male walking through a state Route 410 restaurant parking lot.

On Nov. 10 officers responded to the report of a suspicious male walking through a state Route 410 restaurant parking lot.

The reporting party told officers she noticed the subject riding a bike through the parking lot around the store for several hours prior to closing. She also told officers she noticed he walked into the Washington State University forest.

Officers conducted an area check in the WSU forest but were unable to find the subject.

However, when officers were searching for the subject in the forest, they found an elaborate campsite.

In the campsite, officers found a fire pit, lighting system, couch cushions, tools and other paraphernalia, according to a press release from the Bonney Lake Police Department.

The officers removed all hazardous material and anything that could be used as a weapon including pepper spray, a knife, a hatchet, and a bolt cutter.Also removed from the campsite was a syringe and a small bag containing a crystal substance.

The press release stated that due to the large number of items that remained at the campsite, the City Code Enforcement Officer was notified.

The Public Works Department along with the City Code Enforcement Officer worked to resolve the issue.

The Public Works Department removed enough items from the campsite to fill a ten yard dump truck, the release said.

“The Bonney Lake Police Department will continue to monitor activity in the WSU Forest and would like to remind citizens who use the trail systems to stay alert and report any suspicious activity,” according to the press release.


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