Body found on Bowen Is. not missing girl but male; not a homicide
Police have released details of the autopsy on a body found last week on Bowen Island and it is not that of a missing teenaged girl. There was speculation around Bowen that the decomposed body might be that of Jodi Henrickson but it is a male.
The RCMP have yet to release a name but say the autopsy, done yesterday, Wed. May 23, indicates
the male did not die by "suspicious" means. That suggests an accident or a suicide but the RCMP did not comment further except to say that the male's family has been notified
and he was not a resident of Bowen Island. The islander who found the body, Mike Braraten, told CTV news it had a plastic bag around the head and a rope attached. The RCMP did not directly address those remarks in their statement.
"The totality of the evidence gathered to date does not support homicide as the cause of death therefore, the Sea-to-Sky general investigation section, along with Bowen Island RCMP will be leading this investigation, " Sgt. Jennifer Pound said in a story on their website.
Body discovered on Bowen Island
The grim discovery by Braraten, who'd found it in bushes at his property, had lead to widespread speculation on Bowen there might finally be something approaching closure in the case of the missing Henrickson but police say there is no connection between the body and the Squamish teen. Henrickson, then 17, went missing on June 20, 2009 after attending a Bowen house party; police say they believe she never left the island and are treating her disappearance as a homicide.
RCMP named her ex-boyfriend, islander Gavin Arnott, as a "person of interest" in her disappearance but he has never been charged in connection with it. The RCMP's Integrated Homicide Investigation (IHIT) unit took over her case and, until the autopsy results became known, were also the lead investigators on the body found last week.