Autopsy report here.
Earlier Story on Body Found on Bowen
A body the RCMP describe as 'decomposing' has been found on Bowen Island but it's not known if it is a teenaged girl missing almost three years. Jodi Henrickson went missing on the island after attending a house party there on June 20, 2009.
The body was found in the Harding Rd. area of the island by Mike Braraten on Fri. May 18; Braraten told Global News that on his property he went to look for the source of a strong smell and found the body in bushes and, as the person was clearly deceased, immediately called police. Braraten told CTV News he thinks the clothing on the body was the same as that of a girl he saw on the Bowen ferry a month ago; he also said there was a plastic bag over the head.
Besides Henrickson, who would have turned 20 in February, there are no other reports of anyone missing on Bowen, which lies in Howe Sound off the coast of West Vancouver and has a population of approx. 3,500. The family of the missing teen's ex-boyfriend, Gavin Arnott, who police describe as a "person of interest" in her disappearance, also have a home on Harding Rd.. In February, Arnott was in jail awaiting his trial in an unrelated incident in which he is accused
of having nude photos of an underaged girlfriend. It's unclear if he remains in jail at this time.
The search for Henrickson is being conducted by the RCMP's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) who say they are suspicious of how this person died but are not connecting the body to Henrickson and will await the results of the autopsy for answers.
"Bowen Island RCMP attended and deemed the death to be suspicious," Sgt. Jennifer Pound of IHIT told News 1130
. "Due to decomposition issues on the body, at this point we don't have a lot of answers including the identity of the victim. It's in the early stages so we never really want to go out and confirm those exact details but we can tell you at this point it does not appear to be associated to that (Henrickson's disappearance)."
Missing Teen from Squamish
Henrickson, from Squamish and 17 when she disappeared, was last seen with Arnott, who had previously been charged
with assaulting her. But Arnott claims Henrickson was alive when they parted early that morning, saying she told him she was walking to the Bowen ferry. She was not seen on any ferry trips that day and no one has reported seeing her since.
When she went missing, Henrickson's family held out hope she decided to take time away on her own, though they insisted it would have been unlike her to do so. Within two months of her disappearance the RCMP declared it a homicide investigation. The RCMP have conducted numerous ground searches on Bowen, the last one in December.