Bothell man drowns near Grandview on 4th of July

A 59-year-old Bothell man was found dead in a pool in the 200 block of Tuttle Road near Grandview this past Monday at 5:38 p.m.

According to Dave Thompson, chief civil deputy with the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, David Betts went for a swim around 4:45 p.m. while his wife went and took a nap. The wife woke up around 5:30 p.m. and went to join her husband when she found him face down in the pool. The wife and her mother attempted to retrieve Betts from the water, but were unable to.

Thompson said when sheriff's deputies arrived emergency personnel were already at the scene performing CPR.

Thompson said the man had no known medical condition and was not on prescription medication. He was also an avid biker and swimmer. There no observable injuries to the man's body and no signs of foul play.

An autopsy was scheduled for 10 a.m. today (Wednesday).

In other sheriff activity since last Friday deputies have dealt with five thefts.

Several vehicles were reportedly broken into in the 5100 block of North Outlook Road near Outlook. The vehicles belonged to vineyard workers.

An ATV was reported stolen from the 600 block of Pleasant Avenue near Grandview at 11:18 a.m. on Monday.

An auto was reported stolen from the 300 block of Murray Road near Mabton at 8:21 p.m. on Sunday. No details were provided.

A theft was reported in the 300 block of Olmstead Road near Grandview at 8:53 a.m. last Friday. No details were provided.

Another vehicle was reported stolen from the 2000 block of Olmstead Road near Grandview at 8:14 a.m. on Friday. Again, no details were provided.

Also since last Friday deputies have dealt with four animal complaints, two reports of citizen disputes, one report of domestic violence, two fights, two fires, one report of harassment, one juvenile problem, three reports of loud music, 14 reports of illegal fireworks, two reports of racing, five suspicious people or situations, three traffic problems, three weapon violations, two reports of malicious mischief, one report of illegal burning and one report of illegal drugs.

Deputies also assisted two agencies, fielded one informational call, recovered one stolen vehicle and provided one welfare check.


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