Badly decomposed body found along Thompson River in Kamloops

By James Peters
August 17, 2017 - 8:49am Updated: August 17, 2017 - 12:12pm

KAMLOOPS — A Kamloops resident enjoying a walk along the Thompson River yesterday made a stomach-turning discovery.

RCMP say the person, who was walking next to Mission Flats Road near Rabbit Island, noticed a tent behind a tree.

As the man approached the tent, he noticed a strong odour, and that's when he called police.

Responding officers entered the tent and found a man's body, badly decomposed.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says it's likely the man was homeless, and investigators are now trying to determine who he was and how he died.

"At this time, there's no evidence leading us to believe the death is suspicious. Drugs and paraphernalia were found in the tent," said Shelkie.

"The coroner's office was called and they will be conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death, and the approximate age and height of the deceased male."

Shelkie says police are combing through missing persons files to see if there may be a match.

She adds based on the level of decomposition, it's likely the man died several weeks ago.

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