STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. – The Stevens County Coroner confirmed Thursday that a Gonzaga University employee accused of child rape was found dead in his car.
Tim Woodard died near Addy, Washington according to the Coroner. His body was found Wednesday.
The Coroner said Woodard’s car appeared to have been rigged for carbon monoxide poisoning. Authorities must await laboratory results for a final confirmation on the cause of death.
The Gonzaga University President sent a statement to faculty and staff Thursday afternoon.
“The University has been informed that Timothy Woodard, a member of Gonzaga's Maintenance department, passed away yesterday. I ask that you please keep the Woodard family, and all those impacted by this situation, in your prayers during this difficult time,” said President Thayne McCulloh.
Woodard failed to appear in court on Wednesday and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
He faced two counts of First Degree Child Molestation, one count Second Degree Child Molestation, one count First Degree Child Rape, and one count Second Degree Child Rape.
Spokane police accused Timothy Woodard of paying his victim for sexual conduct and intercourse. Court documents filed in early May stated the abuse started when Woodard worked at Burgan's Furniture store and continued when he joined Gonzaga as a maintenance worker in 2003.
Woodard's wife was friends with the victim's mother according to court documents.
Investigators described the victim as 10-years-old when the abuse began in 1998. The abuse continued until 2010 according to court records.
Investigators wrote that the male victim knew Woodard and spent time at Woodard's home and while he was working.
Woodard was immediately put on leave in April when the allegations became public.