Update: Dead man found at Gold Park identified

By David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man found dead at Gold Park in Lynnwood.

Scott J. Frost, 50, was the individual found dead by a pair of walkers around 4 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 6. The Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet determined the cause and manner of death, pending results of a toxicology report from the state lab, which should be completed in about 10 weeks.

The death does not appear to be suspicious or the result of criminal activity, Lynnwood police reported. In a press release, the police said there is no further criminal investigation into this matter and no threat to the public.

Lynnwood City Councilmember M. Christopher Boyer knew Frost and said he was “a very gentle man with a ready smile and a helping hand and the idea that Scott died cold and alone in our park breaks my heart.”

Boyer, the Pastor at Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Lynnwood, got to know Frost through the church’s various outreach programs to the homeless.

Frost’s death has spurred Boyer to action as he has been having informal discussions with his City Council colleagues on building a coalition between churches, social service agencies and the city to address the homelessness issue in Lynnwood.

“We’ve got to take better care of the folks on the streets,” Boyer said. “It’s not just men. It’s families. Anybody can be homeless. It doesn’t take much.”

Boyer is looking to a successful coalition in Renton that includes church, social service agencies and the city government that is working together to deal with the homeless.

“I don’t ever want to have to call the Chief of Police here in Lynnwood again and say ‘was that body one of my guys?’ because it’s just too painful and any human life is too much to lose,” Boyer said.


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