Dead diver’s identity still a mystery
The autopsy results are in but North Vancouver police are no closer to identifying the remains or cause of death of a scuba diver pulled from the waters of Burrard Inlet.
The badly decomposed body wearing scuba gear was hauled from the depths west of Cates Park Sunday morning by two local commercial fishermen.
The body was discovered entangled in the fishermen’s submerged traps shortly before 10 a.m., said North Vancouver RCMP spokesman Cpl. Richard De Jong, adding that the diver appeared to have been down for a considerable amount of time.
“Right now the autopsy is really inconclusive in identifying the body but there’s a few things that may develop in the next day or so,” De Jong told The Outlook. “But because of the decomposition of the body and the time it’s been under, we’re not making a lot of headway in determining cause of death and those sorts of things.”
For now, the Mounties are reaching out to the local scuba diving community to shed some light on the diver’s identity.
“We’re asking them to think back. It could be a visitor who’s new to the area and went diving by themselves,” De Jong said. “We just don’t know.”
He added that the Mounties are not aware of any divers missing in recent months but said they have received credible phone and email tips since the diver’s discovery which they are following up on.