A property manager discovered a decomposing body Thursday in a Queen Anne home rented by a missing former radio host. Onetime KIRO-AM radio personality...
A property manager discovered a decomposing body Thursday in a Queen Anne home rented by a missing former radio host.
Onetime KIRO-AM radio personality Mike Webb was reported missing May 14, although he apparently hadn’t been seen since mid-April. He rented a beige house, hidden from the street by overgrown bushes, in the 2500 block of Third Avenue West.
A property manager entered the home about 3 p.m. and found a “highly decomposed dead body,” said Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel. “We’re unable to determine race, sex, age — anything.”
Kappel said investigators are treating the death as suspicious.
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Kappel added that after Webb was reported missing, officers stopped by the home, although he was unable to specify when. Without evidence of criminal activity, police can’t enter a private residence without permission.
“It’s not a crime to be a missing person,” Kappel said.
Webb, a 10-year KIRO employee who hosted a liberal late-night talk show, was fired from the station shortly after he was charged with insurance fraud in December 2005.
Prosecutors said he filed a fraudulent insurance claim after a traffic accident in June 2005. Geico investigators testified that he bought the policy the day after the accident, and then submitted a claim in which he asserted he purchased it five weeks earlier.
A King County judge declared a mistrial after some jurors saw Webb handcuffed outside the courthouse. Seattle police said that he was acting “irrational and irate.”
A woman told police that Webb had threatened to kill himself if found guilty and that he had access to a gun in his house, the police report stated.
He refused to let officers take the weapon, according to the report. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center for a mental-health evaluation, Kappel said at the time.
Webb was convicted of insurance fraud in February after a second trial and sentenced to 240 hours of community service and fined $1,000.
Seattle Times reporter Natalie Singer contributed to this report.
Maureen O’Hagan: 206-464-2562 or email@example.com