Man returned without some organs
The strange and unexplained death of a Canadian man in Costa rica has been doubly painful for a family in Kitchener with ties to north bay and sturgeon Falls after his body was returned minus his brain and half his heart.
shawn edmonds, 42, died after being restrained by hotel security.
and so far, the family has received few answers about the tragic circumstances of his death — and why body parts were missing following an autopsy.
“They took his heart and brain out,” 570 news was told by his mother, shirley hewitt, who is originally from north bay. “They put his heart back in, but they did not put his brain back.”
The situation has been agonizing.
“i have to lay him to rest and i know he’s not whole. i know i have to live with that, but that’s going to haunt me,” hewitt told Global news.
so far the official explanation from authorities in the Central american country is that edmonds suffered a heart attack. hewitt doesn’t buy it.
“he was healthy... he’s never had a problem with his heart,” she said.
edmonds — a father of two daughters — had been in the country for a friend’s wedding.
but there are many unanswered questions: Why did it take four security guards to detain him? Why did they use handcuffs? What was he arguing with staff about at the hotel riu Guanacaste?
so far, cops police not treating edmonds suspicious death as a homicide.
Global news reports that the Canadian chief coroner’s office is performing a second autopsy at the request of edmonds’ family. Government officials are also trying to unravel the truth of what happened.
Shawn Edmonds' death and the disappearance of his brain and part of his heart is baffling his family.