Deceased person discovered at Bellingham encampment

Authorities are investigating after a deceased person’s body was found inside a tent at an encampment behind the Bellingham Walmart on the Guide Meridian. Dean Dewberry, a 45-year-old from Bellingham, was located by another person who lives in the tent, and a call to 911 was made.

Police were dispatched to “assist with scene security,” Megan Peters with the Bellingham Police Department told The Bellingham Herald. Police were contacted around 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15.

This is the second body to be found in under a month at the encampment, which is located on private property. Another body was discovered Oct. 14 near a structure made of wood and tarps.

The manner and cause of death are being investigated through an autopsy, and the family has been notified.