Identification being determined

RCMP and the coroner’s office believe they’re moving closer to identifying the body of a man found in Polson Park Aug. 12

RCMP and the coroner’s office believe they’re moving closer to identifying the body of a man found in Polson Park Aug. 12.

Positive identification, however, will likely have to be done by DNA.

“We believe they’ve narrowed it (identification) down, but we have not had a positive identification,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

The body was discovered at about 2 p.m. Aug. 12, near Vernon Creek, by the dirt parking lot closest to the Japanese Gardens.

The gender could not be determined until an autopsy was performed.

Foul play has been ruled out as a cause of the man’s death.

It’s likely the body had been in the park for several weeks.

“It doesn’t take long for a body, depending on how it happened, to be totally deteriorated, especially in hot weather,” said Molendyk.

“The decomposition was such that there’s no fingerprints and there are no dental records.”

The man had no teeth, said Molendyk.

Police continue to work with the coroner and are going through their records of missing persons.

“If we go through our records, when we find a John Doe, there’s sometimes a record of note within our system that John Doe has a relative here or there,” said Molendyk.

“We then confirm when’s the last time they saw John Doe. If we’re going the DNA route, we have to get DNA from John Doe’s relative to confirm if it’s him or not.”