|Carelton University graduate Garrett Elsey, 22, has been identified on Facebook and in media reports as the man whose body was discovered in a Bristol recycling facility on Thursday, one day after he arrived in the United Kingdom. (Facebook)
The death of a 22-year-old Alberta man whose body was found in a recycling bin in England just a day after he was to attend university is not considered suspicious.
Police said on Monday an autopsy has been done on Garrett Elsey, whose body was discovered at a recycling complex in Bristol, about two hours west of London, on Thursday.
"It's not being treated as suspicious," said Wayne Baker, with the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
Police were made aware of provisional findings of the autopsy and are continuing the investigation on behalf of the coroner.
No further details have been released about the circumstances surrounding his death.
News of Garrett Elsey’s death first reached his family in Sherwood Park, Alta., near Edmonton, on Thursday.
Elsey, 22, recently graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa and was about to begin postgraduate studies in Bristol, England.
On May 15, Elsey’s Twitter feed expressed his excitement about heading overseas.
“Booked for England!!! Leaving Sept. 24. #excited,” it read.
But less than a day after landing in that country to begin working on a master's degree in the science of international security at Bristol University, authorities said his body was found at a recycling plant about two hours west of London.
"I remember actually putting the letter on to his bed, knowing what it was but waiting for him to come home to see it," said Robin Tomarchio, Elsey's roommate for three years.
Elsey, finishing his undergraduate degree at Carleton University, was elated.
"He was very excited when that happened," a sombre Tomarchio said of his friend.
Tomarchio said Elsey "always knew how to make everybody have a good time and feel safe at the same time," recalling parties he and Elsey would often host.
“The family is quite devastated, both right here in Edmonton, his sisters, his mom and dad, and all his cousins that are across the country,” said Brent Elsey, Garrett’s uncle.
According to Brent, Bristol police have been in regular contact with family in Canada to update them on the progress of their investigation, but few details have surfaced.
Police had cordoned off an area near the university where recycling trucks had passed and the Avon and Somerset Constabulary said investigators are keeping "an open mind" as to what may have happened.
“There are still ongoing investigations both medical and forensic and further investigations. We’re hoping that answers will be coming in the near future,” Brent Elsey said.
So far, the British press has reported Elsey's body may have been put in a recycling bin near the university before a collection truck took it to the recycling plant.
As the investigations continue, those who knew him have been doing their part to support the family mourning the tragic and unexplained death.
“There’s quite an outpouring from former teammates and former classmates as well as teachers and coaches. That’s been quite supportive for the family,” said his uncle, who described his nephew as a “stellar” athlete and student.
“As an individual, he always approached life full-bore,” he said. “He worked very, very hard.
"He was always happy, he was a gentleman and acted as a leader among his peers. There are lots of accolades coming on his Facebook page that sort of speak to people who he touched at various stages in his life.”
Tomarchio said Elsey was a fan of the National Arts Centre (NAC) Orchestra in Ottawa.
"He'd go to the symphony every week, or whenever they had a symphony on," said Tomarchio, who doesn't appear to share Elsey's passion for the NAC Orchestra.
"He always came back happy."
Elsey was also an enthusiastic cook and pestered Tomarchio for tips.
"In my family, we cook all the time. My dad's a chef and (Elsey) would always ask me how to cook things for other people. He just wanted to be good at everything he could. To be the perfect host. And he was."
A summer exchange to England is what drew the political science and history student to pursue his master's degree in Bristol.
His friends gave him a joyous sendoff -- but on Saturday, more than 150 people crowded the Georgetown Pub in Ottawa to mourn him.
"I met people I didn't even know that he was friends with," Tomarchio said. "It was unreal to see how he could actually pull that many people together."
Once forensic investigations have been completed, the family expects Garrett’s remains to be returned to Canada to be buried in Ottawa.
"He really loved his years in Ottawa," Tomarchio said. "His mom said this is where he wanted to be."