A sketch of the tattoos on the unidentified man. (BC Coroners Service).

A sketch of the tattoos on the unidentified man. (BC Coroners Service).

The BC Coroners Service is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who was found dead on the shores of Valdes Island, just south of Gabriola Island, on June 23, 2018.

Valdes Island and Gabriola Island, as seen on Google Maps.

Valdes Island and Gabriola Island, as seen on Google Maps.


The BC Coroners Service said he is believed to have been of average build, aged 20 to 40 years, with light skin colour, short black hair and with a height of approximately 178 centimetres (5’10”).

Cpl. Tammy Douglas, spokeswoman for Island district RCMP, said someone walking on the beach discovered the body near the high-tide line on the east side of Valdes Island around 8 a.m.

He was wearing green shorts, a small red-and-black tartan fleece shirt and also wore a “Donate Life” silicone wristband. He had several distinct tattoos on his body. The tattoo on his back was a Kottonmouth Kings logo. He also had a distinctive bullet necklace and a Texas-style belt buckle.

The BC Coroners Service have released sketches of the tattoos and their positions.

Anyone who has information about the identity of the man is asked to call the BC Coroners Service Special Investigations Unit at 1-877-660-5077 and quote case number 2018-1023-0072, or contact Gabriola Island RCMP at 250-247-8333 and quote the case number 2018-377.

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