His body was found in the yard of a home at the Larson Housing Area on Turnkey Road Northeast just outside of Moses Lake.
Kyle Foreman, spokesman for the department, tells KEPR there appears to be no relation between the teen and the house where he was found. Deputies say the victim was targeted. They are looking into any gang ties as part of their investigation.
An autopsy will be completed on Sunday. The teen's identity and preliminary cause of death will be released at that time.
Investigators are asking for anyone with information to contact them at 509-762-1160 or via email at email@example.com.