Drowning victim identified as Enumclaw man

There was also a death after a glider crashed in Buckley late last month.

Editor’s note: A technical error caused this story to not be published in full in the Sept. 11 edition of the Courier-Herald. The full article can be read below.

Two men perished in recent weeks while in the midst of recreation.

Most recently, Enumclaw’s Jeffrey A. Hild drowned in a scenic, Grays Harbor County river. And on Aug. 25, a Yelm resident died when his glider both took off from, and crashed, on the Plateau.

The full story of Hild’s passing took a tragic turn on Labor Day, when his body was discovered in the Copalis River, not far from the small community of Copalis Beach.

The following day, Grays Harbor County Coroner Robert Kegal issued a brief release. He identified the victim as the 57-year-old Hild; an autopsy, he noted, determine the cause of death to be drowning.

Hild had been missing for several days when his body was found. According to the county coroner, Hild had been visiting a friend in Ocean City and was reported missing to the Ocean Shores Police Department on Aug. 29.

The glider incident took the life of John M. Cook, 71.

He was identified as the only occupant of a glider that took off from Enumclaw and sailed into the tops of several trees before crashing in the 28100 block of 147th Street East. East Pierce Fire and Rescue responded to the afternoon crash.


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