Man partially eaten by bear had committed suicide days earlier

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Coroner John Guignion has confirmed that a man whose body was partially eaten by a bear in Knutsford had committed suicide via a cocaine injection.

The coroner's report into the May 22 death of 53-year-old Rory Wagner states the immediate cause of death was cocaine toxicity due to an overdose of injected cocaine.

The report lists Chilliwack as Wagner's place of residence.

On Oct. 21, 1993, Rory Wagner and two accomplices kidnapped Andy Kohlman and took him to a remote wooded area somewhere in the Fraser Valley.

They beat him to death and left the body. It was never found.

Shortly before Kohlman disappeared, he was acquitted on sexual assault charges involving two of Wagner's nieces.

On May 30, Kamloops Rural RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service launched an investigation after Wagner's dismembered and partially eaten corpse was located by hunters in Knutsford.

A black bear happened upon his lifeless body, which was sitting in the driver seat of a 1986 Volkswagen Jetta in a remote wooded area off Long Lake Road.

The bruin pulled Wagner from the vehicle through an open window and buried him under a pile of dirt and vegetation.

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