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Sooke man’s death a mystery, coroner says

Oct 30 2012

The final moments of life for a Sooke man in March 2012 will remain a mystery after a coroner’s report deemed the cause of death to be unclear.

Thomas Anthony David Woods, 76, went missing on March 30 after he made arrangements to meet a family member.

A large search effort was mounted. His body was found on April 4 in Sooke Basin in shallow water.

In a report released Monday, coroner Jesse Gunnarson found that between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. on March 30, Woods consumed about four alcoholic beverages.

He contacted a family member by phone at 8 a.m. and made arrangements to meet at 2:30 p.m. that day. Following the phone call, Woods left his home. He left behind his keys and wallet.

He died at about 10 a.m. through any one of several scenarios, Gunnarson said. He could have fallen into the ocean and drowned. He might have fallen in the water and then suffered cardiac arrest, or he could have suffered a cardiac arrest at the water’s edge and then been taken into the water by the rising tide.

Woods was found in the water about three kilometres from where he is believed to have entered it.

The official cause of death is undetermined.

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