Vernon and North Okanagan
Vernon body still not identified
Aug 19, 2013 / 11:32 am
Vernon RCMP are continuing to work with the coroner's office to confirm the identity of a man who was found deceased in Polson Park one week ago.
RCMP Spokesperson Gord Molendyk says although they have been looking at missing person’s reports and have been able to narrow the search, investigators have not yet been able to establish a match.
"Unfortunately in this particular case, there are no dental records. And the decomposition was such that we can not use finger prints," said Molendyk.
Police suspect the body had been in the park for several weeks. Decomposition was likely accelerated by the hot weather, says Molendyk, and it could be several more weeks before police are able to establish a positive identification.
They have been able to identify some clothing, but clothing alone is not enough to confirm a person's identity.
"We want to be 100 per cent and be able to say this is who the individual is," said Molendyk.
The next step will be to locate relatives if possible and proceed with DNA testing. The coroner has already determined that foul play was not a factor in the man's death.
There is no evidence that the man was homeless or living in the park.
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