Coroner Determines Man Found Hanging Near Doty-Dryad Cemetery Died by Suicide 


The Lewis County Coroner’s Office has determined the 42-year-old Centralia man whose body was found hanging from a tree near Doty-Dryad Cemetery on March 18 died by suicide. 

The man’s cause of death was cerebral anoxia secondary to ligature hanging, according to the coroner’s office. 

A caller reported the body just after 5:55 a.m. on March 18, stating they saw a truck in the woods then saw a body hanging nearby, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The Chronicle generally does not report on suicides unless they involve a public official or occur in a public space. 

In this case, The Chronicle is not releasing the name of the decedent out of respect for his family. 


In-Crisis Resources

• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988, 800-273-8255 or

• Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 or text to 838255 or visit

• Lifeline Crisis Chat:

• Crisis Text Line: 741741 or

• Lewis County 24-hour Crisis Line: 800-803-8833 or 360-807-2440.

• NAMI Information Line: 800-950-6264, or visit to connect with the local chapter

• Cascade Community Healthcare: 360-807-2440 or

• A full list of behavioral health agencies in Washington, broken out by county, is available online at