The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a male found deceased in Vancouver in 1975.
After an exhaustive post-mortem investigation and with assistance from Vancouver Police Missing Persons Unit and Kamloops RCMP Missing Persons Unit, the man was determined to be Alexander Francis Gammie.
Mr. Gammie, aged 22, was reported missing to Kamloops RCMP in May of 1975. His body was recovered in Vancouver shortly thereafter, and transported to Saint Pauls Hospital for further forensic examination. The body remained unidentified, even after extensive efforts by police and coroners.
The identification was made possible by modern forensic analysis, in combination with the application of an enhanced identification model developed locally by the Identification and Disaster Response Unit of the BC Coroners Service.
The family of Mr. Gammie has been notified of his death; on their behalf, the Coroners Service asks that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.
A/Manager, Identification and Disaster Response Unit
BC Coroners Service