Missing Redmond man shot himself at Rattlesnake Ridge

February 11, 2013

By Michele Mihalovich

Updated: 3:40 p.m. Feb. 11, 2013

The Redmond man missing near Rattlesnake Ridge was found dead about 10 a.m. Feb. 9, according to Jim Bove, spokesperson for the Redmond Police Department.

Bove said King County Search and Rescue found Ira Thomas Clodfelter, 28, about ¾ of a mile from the main trail, and it appeared to be a suicide.

The King County Medical Examiner said Feb. 11 that Clodfelter died from a gunshot wound to the head, and ruled it a suicide.

Clodfelter was known to suffer from cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition that sometimes makes it hard to breath, according to Sgt. Cindi West, spokesperson for King County Sheriff’s Office. A release from the Redmond Police Department said there was also some concern he may have been suffering from depression.

West said Clodfelter was reported missing Feb. 4 when he didn’t show up for work.  His vehicle was found a day later in the Rattlesnake Mountain trailhead parking lot in North Bend.


Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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One Response to “Missing Redmond man shot himself at Rattlesnake Ridge”

  1. Amy on February 11th, 2013 6:23 pm

    Have some respect for Ira’s family and friends. Would you want all of these details made public if he was somebody you loved? Where is your compassion?

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