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Kitsap County Sheriff's Office reports body found in water is missing man
The body recovered by Port Orchard police on Friday has been identified as a Central Kitsap man who was reported missing June 20.
Deputy Scott Wilson, spokesman for the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, said the body was identified as Thomas Craig Vogt, 51, of East Bremerton.
Vogt was last seen at his mother’s home. His truck was found Saturday morning at Pat Carey Vista Park on the shoreline of the Port Washington Narrows, a channel running through Bremerton that connects Dyes Inlet with Sinclair Inlet.
Wilson said, according to the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office report, Vogt died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
“We believe is was a suicide,” Wilson said.
He said family members found Vogt’s truck on June 22 at Pat Carey Vista Park on the shoreline of the Port Washington Narrows, a channel running through Bremerton that connects Dyes Inlet with Sinclair Inlet. They also found a gun at the scene.
Vogt’s body was recovered from Rich Passage on July 5.
A 12:45 p.m. call to 911 from recreational boaters in the vicinity of the confluence of Port Orchard Bay and Rich Passage reported seeing a body floating in the water off of NE Enetai Beach Road, according to Deputy Scott Wilson, KCSO spokesman.
A Port Orchard police patrol boat arrived on scene just after 1 p.m. and confirmed the 911 report. The body was recovered and taken to a dock at Illahee Road NE.
“Someone in a bayliner discovered the body about 200 yards from the shore,” Port Orchard Police Chief Geoffrey Marti said. “Our boat responded and we brought the body to shore.”
A three-day search was conducted June 21-24 on Sinclair Inlet and adjacent waters, after a report of a floating body. A person on a yacht reported a body in the water about 6:15 p.m. June 21, while sailing near the Port Orchard Marina. The person tried to retrieve the body, but it sank underwater.
The KCSO’s marine patrol and search and rescue units (diving and ground search), along with marine patrol elements from Port Orchard and Bainbridge Island police, and aviation and patrol units of the U. S. Coast Guard, participated in the search.
Rich Passage separates Bainbridge Island from the Manchester area of Kitsap County. The Seattle-Bremerton ferry, part of the Washington State Ferries, travels the length of passage on its route.