By Cary Rosenbaum
OMAK - The body of an Omak man was found Wednesday behind a Riverside Drive property by a patron dining at the Tacos de Mazatlan taco bus.
Mark A. Carlton, 60 was located behind two storage sheds and the building that houses El Elegante and The Family Quilt Shoppe at 675 Riverside Drive. The taco bus is adjacent to the other businesses.
Carlton's family has been notified and an autopsy has been scheduled for some time this week, Rogers said.
According to Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers, the victim died after falling into a "campfire" sometime overnight Tuesday.
Alcohol is likely a factor in the death, Rogers said. The death is not considered suspicious.
"We don't know exactly what happened, but it burnt him really bad," said Rogers, who noted the body was found on a small piece of unincorporated property under his office's jurisdiction. "There's not a lot of foot traffic back there. I was shocked that nobody called in a fire last night."
Washington's burn ban extends through Oct. 15; campfires are included in the ban.
"As dry as it was in the field near where he was found, I'm surprised it didn't take off and run with it," Rogers said.
The ban was extended last week in part due to the St. Mary's Mission Road Fire burning east of the city.
Fire officials said Wednesday that the nearly 17,000-acre blaze is 60 percent contained.