As of Thursday, February 8, 2018
PROSSER The body of a man found along the freeway near here has been identified, according to Bob Brockman of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.
The man, who’d been deceased for up to five days before his body was found, was 48-year-old Benjamin Dale Newcomb of Benton City.
Brockman said one of the many phone calls his office received was the breakthrough.
The key phone call was received in the days after the distribution of sketch by a Washington State Patrol artist.
“Through one of the calls, a possible identification was obtained of the unknown male,” Brockman said. “The investigation found that Mr. Newcomb had an acquaintance that lived on Sales Yard Road, which is the likely reason Mr. Newcomb was located where he was.” Newcomb’s body was found between Sales Yard Road and Interstate 82 by a passing freeway motorist. It was lying near the freeway security fence.
Authorities tried several methods of identifying. Finally, the sketch worked yesterday.
Brockman said it appears Newcomb died of natural causes. The identity was confirmed through the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, Latent Print Lab.