Body of man missing for nearly 2 weeks found near where car abandoned

KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. — The body of a 30-year-old man who has been missing for nearly two weeks was found Sunday, the Kittitas County Sheriff confirmed.

Andrew Morgan’s body was found less than half a mile from where his vehicle was found abandoned after a minor collision near exit 80 off Interstate 90 in Cle Elum.

Authorities said Morgan was found with the help of a multicounty search and rescue team, which included the use of numerous K-9s, one of which led teams to his body.

“Andrew was located south of the freeway in the same direction his phone and some clothing had been abandoned, in a swampy, wooded area,” according to a release from the sheriff.

Officials said initial evidence revealed no evidence of foul play.

Morgan’s mother and her sister Blondie Mickel flew to Washington from Mississippi to help search for him after he was reported missing: “He never respond nothing,” Mable Morgan said. “I had text him and he never responded nothing back.”

The two realized something had gone wrong when Mable Morgan received a notice in the mail that her son’s car had been impounded. That was when she and her sister jumped on a plane to search for him.

Washington State Patrol troopers said they had located Andrew Morgan’s car on Nov. 16, and his clothes were found scattered in the snow in the woods. There were receipts of recent purchases in his car, including clothes from Marshalls and a meal at IHOP.

His disappearance didn’t make sense to his family.

His mother told KIRO 7 he had been battling mental illness and could easily become confused and scared.

His mother also said, “I’ve come too far to turn around and come back home without him. If I have to take him back in a stretcher, I’ll just have to take him back in a stretcher, but I got to find my boy.”

On Sunday, Mable Morgan received the devastating news that her son had been found dead.

Now the Kittitas County Coroner’s Office will determine his official cause of death.

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office said it “appreciates the compassion and concern the public has shown for Andrew and his family during this difficult time and the many tips and suggestions provided. We are grateful to all the volunteers that made it possible to find Andrew for his family. And we, along with our whole community, extend our deepest sympathies for their loss.”