Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Death due to natural causes
The King County Medical Examiner yesterday reported that Michael Westlake Michel, whose decomposed body was discovered in the backseat of his truck in Madison Park last month, died of natural causes. The initial autopsy was inconclusive, but later tests determined that Michel's death was the result of heart disease. He was 42 years old.
Michel's mother, Sharon Sievers, who notified us of these findings, said she was relieved and "at peace" knowing the truth. "Please tell all concerned how very grateful I am that they cared and cared for someone they did not know; and thank them as well," she told us. "You certainly have a wonderful community when people can be so concerned in that way. Michael was a wonderful person. May he rest in peace."