An investigation found the man whose body was discovered on the banks of the Skykomish River on New Year’s Day had committed suicide.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office announced the findings from an autopsy conducted in early January. The 44-year-old had been located in a shelter near Big Eddy Park that morning by a family member. Local agencies, including Fire District 26, responded to the scene.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office reported it was believed the man was homeless. Officials suspected he had been living in the same spot on the river near Gold Bar for a few years. His relative went looking for him because he hadn’t been heard from in a few days.

The medical examiner did not include the man’s identity, and the sheriff’s office did not release that information on the day his body was found, as the agency was waiting for the results of the investigation.