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Martin Gary Atwood Death: Slain Man's Remains Returned To Canada

03/25/2015 06:32 EDT | Updated 03/26/2015 03:59 EDT

UPDATE - March 26, 2015: Family friends say that Martin Gary Atwood's remains have been returned to his relatives in Nova Scotia.

Mexican officials were apparently having difficulties locating family of a Vancouver man who was found dead on a resort beach.

Martin Gary Atwood, 50, was discovered in Los Cabos on March 18. His cause of death was severe head trauma and a skull fracture, said prosecutors in the state of Baja California Sur. It appeared Atwood was beaten with a blunt object.

A local Mexican news blog, Colectivo Pericú, posted a photo of Atwood's B.C. driver's licence this week, reporting that no one has yet claimed the body.

Atwood's Vancouver address appears to be a low-income residence in Chinatown.

CBC News reported that he was originally from Cape Sable Island, N.S., but had more recently worked in Alberta.

John Babcock, a spokesman with Foreign Affairs, did not comment on the Mexican identification process.

"Canadian consular officials are in touch with local authorities and are providing consular assistance as required," Babcock said in a statement to The Huffington Post B.C. "For privacy reasons and out of respect for the family, we are unable to provide further information on this matter."

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