Coroner hopes tattoos will lead to identification of deceased man

The identity of a man whose body washed up on Valdes Island more than seven months ago remains a mystery, and the B.C. Coroners Service hopes his distinctive tattoos could provide some leads.

The body of a man between the ages of 20 and 40 washed up on the tiny island, south of Gabriola Island, on June 23, 2018.

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The deceased man was five-foot-10 and of average build, with light skin and short black hair. He had several distinctive tattoos, including the word “yummy” written in graffiti-style writing on his lower right abdomen and a Kottonmouth Kings logo between his shoulder blades.

He was wearing green shorts, a red and black tartan fleece shirt and a silicone wristband with the words “Donate Life” on it. He also had a bullet necklace and a Texas-style belt buckle.

Anyone with information on the man’s identity is asked to call the B.C. Coroners Service special investigations unit at 1-877-660-5077, quoting case number 2018-1023-0072, or the Gabriola Island RCMP at 250-247-8333, quoting case number 2018-377.

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