Dismembered male body found near Kamloops, B.C.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The dismembered and partially eaten body of a man was discovered last week by hunters in a remote forest cut block off the Long Lake Road between Kamloops and Merritt.
The body was found in the surrounding bush about 120 meters from an abandoned 1986 Volkswagen Jetta. Evidence at the scene suggests that the body had been dragged into the bushes by an animal, possibly a bear, which the hunters had sighted nearby.
The vehicle was registered to a 54-year-old Kamloops man. Inside the vehicle cops found drugs and a hockey type duffel bag with personal belongings and a bottle of liquor.
The driver’s window of the vehicle was down and muddy animal prints and scratches were found on the car, including and a dent in the driver’s door under the window. The weather stripping was hanging off the driver’s window and the side mirror was bent forward.
As police, the Coroner and BC Conservation were gathering evidence, a bear returned to the area in an attempt to reclaim the body whose remains were later recovered and flown to Royal Inland Hospital for identification.
The vehicle was towed to the RCMP detachment for examination by Forensic Identification Specialists, to help determine the exact cause of death.