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Seeking Someone Who Might Still Live at Cottage Lake Since 1956

My father supposedly drowned in Cottage Lake.

I used to live in Kirkland and Redmond years ago. My family was stationed at Fort Lewis and we were there for a long time. My father supposedly drowned in Cottage Lake. Over the years, we have tried to get information on his death with no help from the King County Sheriff Department or the ARMY.

I need your help in finding anyone who resides at that lake and maybe they can tell me something about the day he died. I have so many conflicting stories. The date of his death was 5-18-1956 and he was only 21, so very young. They said he drowned, but there are certain circumstances we have and my family does not believe that. If anyone could help me, email me at patblckw@aol.com. We can talk if you want by phone once you email me. Thanks for all the help from anyone. If you know anyone who stays here or if you know anything, any help would be appreciated.

Patricia Johnson Blackwell

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Patricia Blackwell February 10, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Yes I can but I could not get it to copy and paste. If you want it, email me your email at patblckw@aolo.com and I will send a copy to you. If you can copy and paste, then you can post for me. I tried but on the site, the article will not post. I copied it from the Seattle Times as a whole page and saved it to word document.
Jeanne Gustafson February 10, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Patricia, can you email it to me at jeanne.gustafson@patch.com and I'll post it for you? I'm sure the community would really like to read it. Thanks, Jeanne
Patricia Blackwell April 13, 2013 at 03:19 AM
I just sent the article to you. Jeanne. Thanks. I may have to order another copy of the article and it is titled Soldier Drowns Swimming at Cottage Lake. I would like to ask anyone if they have any pictures of the lake from 1940-1956. When I tried to post the article it would not allow me and it may be from the type of file that it is. You will see the one I sent to you and then you can decide. If it does not download for you, let me know and I will order a hard copy from the Seattle Times. I have been told that my father was the only one that has drowned at this lake. Vital Statistics in King County does not have accurate records on drownings in the county.. I can not find the guy who was with my father when he died, and he would not tell my mother what happened when she tried to get up with him. My dad could swim according to his family and my mother. I recently visited the lake and found it hard to even imagine how someone could be drowning in that small lake and not be noticed. I just noticed your post and sorry it took so long to get back to you. If anyone has any pictures of the lakes from all angles it would be appreciated, or if anyone knows anything. I already know more now than I did before from just visiting this website. Thanks everyone and God bless everyone. Patricia Johnson Blackwell
Patricia Blackwell November 25, 2013 at 09:17 PM
This is another attempt to see if anyone that lives in this area will read above and see if they remember May 18, 1956 the day a soldier supposing died drowning while swimming. We are trying to investigate and see if anyone can remember or come forth with some valuable information. A reward will be offered from me if you bring forth information that can researched or documented. Please read the article above and it states that my dad was swimming, and we know that he did not swim that day. The army and the guy that was with him that day will not talk or tell us what happened, there are no reports listed with the sheriff's department and we only know that he drowned. If anyone knows anything, maybe some was there or knows something about it in the area or heard something. Please my family is wanting to put closure to this. Shortly I will post an article in the Seattle Times and I also have a posting on Military.Com. Thanks.
Patricia Blackwell November 25, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Contact information above is for Patricia Johnson Blackwell can be reached at patblckw@aol.com or call me at 910-225-9306 for the death of Thomas William Johnson Jr. on May 18, 1956 at Cottage Lake Washington.

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