New details in homeless man's death
A homeless man found dead in North Vancouver has been identified by fingerprints as a 61-year-old from Ontario.
The North Vancouver RCMP released new details Tuesday about the man who was found Feb. 2 under a blanket in some bushes on the south side of Cotton Drive just east of Kennard Avenue.
The man was found by a jogger shortly before 10 a.m., lying on his clothes in the fetal position.
North Van Mounties said Tuesday that a set of fingerprints was taken and have since identified the man as a 61-year-old originally from Ontario.
The man is believed to have been living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, having last been in contact with Vancouver police in September and October of last year.
"In both cases he was in poor condition and appeared to be suffering from mental illness. Police took him to hospital both times," said North Van RCMP spokesman Cpl. Richard De Jong in a press release Tuesday.
Checks with various North Shore agencies by the RCMP and by The Outlook have turned up no information about the man.
"He does not appear to have been on the North Shore for any length of time," Cpl. De Jong said.
The coroners service is still working to determine a cause of death, however it does not appear to be suspicious, said De Jong.
North Van Mounties are still trying to locate and notify the man's next of kin.