Body found in water near Roche Harbor | Update

In the early morning hours of Thursday, June 29, a man visiting from Lantzville, British Columbia fell off a friend’s boat near Roche Harbor and was found dead a few hours later, according to San Juan County Undersheriff Brent Johnson.

Johnson said a “passerby” found the man near the J dock and reported it to Roche Harbor management, who reported it to the sheriff’s office. A press release from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office stated “it is believed that the male victim slipped into the water during the night off his boat.”

The victim was Thomas W. Harris was in his mid-60s and came to San Juan with his son, by boat. They were was staying with a family friend on a larger vessel at Roche. When his son and friend awoke on June 29, they noticed Harris was missing.

The body is being transported to the medical examiner in Snohomish County. There were no signs of trauma on the body, added Johnson.