Man re­turned with­out some or­gans

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - NEWS - BRAD HUNTER

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.

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