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Man found dead off Port Townsend had relocated recently

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    PORT TOWNSEND — A woodworker who was found dead in the waters off Port Townsend earlier this week had just moved to town to make a new start, his daughter said.

    Robert Letinich, 58, had lived on his boat, Axa, in the Olympia area for about 20 years but had decided to relocate to the town he had loved for many years, said Hannah Letinich of Seattle, who was in Port Townsend to settle her father's affairs.

    Letinich's body was found about a mile away from shore between Port Wilson and Port Hudson near a small skiff that was overturned Monday.

    “We will never know what happened or what he was doing out there all by himself,” said Hannah Letinich, 28.

    “But he had a history of seizures, and it is possible that he had one when he was on the boat and didn't know what to do.”

    Autopsy results

    No cause of death has been determined, according to Jefferson County Deputy Prosecutor David Alvarez, who is acting as coroner. An autopsy has been done, but results have not been received.

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