Images 1 & 2: Digital reconstruction (by David Manos Morris) and artistic rendering; Image 3: Age-regression (by Jovey Hayes) of what he may have looked like between 1985-1995; Image 4: Victim's belt; Image 5: Registration name & address filled out by "Lyle"; Image 6: Note found in room; Images 7 & 8: Table in room with note and money.
Date of Discovery: September 17, 2001
Location of Discovery: Amanda Park, Grays Harbor County, Washington
Estimated Date of Death: September 16, 2001
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Suicide by hanging
Estimated Age: 20-30 years old
Race: White/Native or possibly Hispanic.
Height: 6'0, Measured
Weight: 130-140 lbs, Estimated
Hair Color: Black or brown, neatly trimmed and combed straight back.
Eye Color: Hazel
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Apendectomy scar on abdomen (about a year old). He had recently lost a lot of weight (possibly 30-40 pounds). A small mole on the left side of his chin. His earlobes were attached. His nails were clean and neatly trimmed. It is possible that he spoke with a slight Canadian or similar accent.
Dentals: Available. Teeth in near perfect shape. He had orthodontic work done.
Clothing: Gray Fruit of the Loom T-shirt, Levi 550 blue jeans (size 36-34), white Hanes underpants (size 32-34), brown leather belt with markings "genuine leather made in USA" along with "7301" and "L31" and with a silver-colored buckle, black Timberland boots (size 10 Medium), and a blue plaid long sleeve shirt. All clothing was in very good shape.
Additional Personal Items: Timberland black leather boots size 10M
The decedent's body was located in a Quinault area motel. He had checked into the motel using the name "Lyle Stevik" from 1019 S. Progress Avenue, Meridian, Idaho. The address he listed was traced back to a Best Western Rama Inn. Lyle Stevik is a character in the book You Must Remember This by Joyce Carol Oates which was published in November 1998. He indicated that he was going to stay a few more days though he had only paid for one evening. The maid entered the room on September 17, 2001 and found him hanging from the coat rack with his leather belt. He had left money on the nightstand with a note that said "For the Room." The only personal belongings in his possession was a tooth brush and paste.
The man had arrived by bus, possibly one that came from Port Angeles (south), but a bus came up from Aberdeen (northbound) and arrived about the same time. Neither driver was sure if he was on their bus. He arrived with no luggage, and no luggage, clothing, etc. was found in the motel dumpster.
During his stay he received no incoming calls nor made any outgoing ones. His initial room was near the highway and close to a trailer park and was too noisy so he moved to a room located on the second floor in the center of the motel.
He may have come from Canada, as the clerk recalled that he had "a slight Canadian accent." The fact he wrote the word "suicide" on a piece of paper found in the trash leads authorities to believe he wrote a letter home telling someone of his intentions or that he was going to disappear so they aren't looking for him. He may have been dying or suffered from depression, as he had lost a lot of weight, although nothing was found at the autopsy. There were no indications that he ever wore a wedding ring, nor did he have any tan lines.
Fingerprints were sent to FBI and RCMP with negative results.
He may have traveled throughout the southern United States between 1992 and 2001 as a teenager or young adult.
Agency Name: Grays Harbor County Coroner's Office
Agency Contact Person: Lane Youmans
Agency Phone Number: 360-532-2322
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 01-238
Agency Name: Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: Steve Shumate
Agency Phone Number: 360-249-6070 x568
Agency E-Mail: sshumate(at)co.grays-harbor.wa.us
Agency Case Number: 01-7870
NCIC Case Number: U960002335
NamUs Case Number: 11100
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