By David F. Rooney
The Revelstoke RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance identifying the body of a man who was discovered by sightseers on Friday, August 26, in a forested area along the Trans-Canada Highway four kilometres east of town.
The body of the Caucasian man was found in a make-shift campsite about 200 metres off the highway by two men who were paying tribute to a deceased friend. They immediately notified the local Mounties who attended the scene.
Cpl. Thomas Blakney said the man appeared to be between the ages of 45 and 55 and, judging by “his partially mummified state” may have been dead since mid-July.
One of the local men who stumbled across the macabre scene said “he was lying in a plastic tent” and did not appear to have been scavenged by animals. He also said the man’s clothes were hung on a washing line. Blakney said the clothes appeared to be a tartan jacket and a T-shirt with the word “RoughNecks” on it. The man also had a plain red ball cap and a mountain-style bike, bearing the label “Supercycle” with a basket on the front. (Please look carefully at the photos at the end of this story.)
The man had no ID and does not appear to be the victim of foul play, Blakney said, although he noted that an autopsy is to be performed next week.
“The Revelstoke RCMP is canvassing the community of Revelstoke and other communities along the Trans-Canada Highway East and into the Interior in hopes of identifying him,” Blakney said. “This in turn will permit us to make efforts to notify his family of his death.”
If you have any information with respect to the possible identity of this male, you are asked to please contact Corporal Thomas Blakney of the Revelstoke Detachment at 250-837-5255.