Ministry of Justice
BC Coroners Service confirms
identity of deceased male
found on Sunshine Coast
VANCOUVER – The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a male found deceased in a wooded area in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast.
Human remains were found on Aug. 28, 2012. Additional remains were recovered during subsequent search efforts conducted on Sept. 5, 2012.
A post-mortem investigation, including DNA analysis, confirmed that the deceased was Sunshine Coast resident, Mr. Gregory Welstead.
Mr. Welstead was last seen alive leaving his residence on March 12, 2012. A missing persons investigation was launched by the Sunshine Coast RCMP after his vehicle was found unoccupied and he failed to return home. It was determined that he died the same day or shortly thereafter. He was 56 years old at the time of his death. Sunshine Coast RCMP have ruled out foul play.
Mr. Welstead’s family has been notified of the confirmed identification. On behalf of the family, the BC Coroners Service asks that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.
The BC Coroners Service would like to acknowledge assistance provided by the Sunshine Coast RCMP Detachment, Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue, the local Conservation Officer Service and concerned local residents.
For further information, please contact:
Stephen Fonseca, Coroner
Manager, Identification & Disaster Response Unit
Office of the Chief Coroner
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