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Man killed in Yakima had shoe exhibit, shared it with Action News

Man killed in Yakima had shoe exhibit, shared it with Action News

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Police identified the man found dead in a Yakima parking lot as David Lee Childs. He was a 70-year-old man who police said lived in Yakima his whole life.

Childs appeared on Action News several times back in 2011. He made headlines with his collection of more than 600 pair of shoes that went on display at the Yakima Valley Museum.

He told KIMA he began collecting high heels back in the 1960s. The exhibit featured styles from across the century. It was on display through the end of 2011.

Authorities do not have any suspects, but they are pursuing leads on the case.

Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins, who performed the autopsy, said Childs died of a combination of head and neck trauma and puncture wounds. It's unclear what caused the puncture wounds - they were not from a knife or a needle.

Police were able to identify the man with help from the coroner. Hawkins found the victim's name inscribed on his partial dentures. He also found a car key in the man's pocket.

Police later found the victim's car in the area where his body was found. They used the license plate from the car to get a photo of the registered owner. That photo matched the victim.

Officials are not yet releasing any further information.

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