Man found in Avonmouth bin was Canadian student Garrett Elsey
The young man whose body was found in a bin in Avonmouth last week has been named as Canadian student Garrett Elsey.
Garrett, 22, has been named in the Canadian press - and his family say he had been in England for less than a day when his body was found.
According to the Edmonton Journal Mr Elsey was from an area called Sherwood Park in Alberta.
Garrett's body was found at recycling plant New Earth Solutions in Kings Weston Lane, Avonmouth, on Thursday morning last week.
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It is understood that workers were emptying a large bin when they found him, wearing shorts and a hoody.
Garrett had arrived in the city to study for a master’s degree in international security from Bristol University.
He graduated from Ottawa’s Carleton University with a degree in political science and history.
He arrived in Bristol on Wednesday, checked into his student residence and sent his parents a text message to say all was well.
Brent Elsey, Garrett's uncle, told the Edmonton Journal that the family still had a lot of "outstanding questions".
He said the family didn't know how Garrett’s body came to be in the bin before it was picked up on the early morning rounds and transferred to Avonmouth.
According to the Canadian press, the airline lost Garrett's luggage, he had told his parents, so he picked up some toiletries to carry him through.
Then he went out for the evening with a friend he used to play rugby with in Canada.
Garrett's uncle said his friend was "devastated". The two parted ways sometime in the evening, and Garrett never made it home.
Garrett’s parents were contacted Thursday, when Canadian police arrived at his father's office and put him in touch with Bristol police.
They identified him with his passport, and the fingerprints he was required to give when he entered the country.
Garrett was scheduled to start at Bristol University the next day.
His uncle said Garrett would be remembered as an accomplished young man. “The accolades are pouring in,” he said.
“He’s done a lot of things in his short 22 years. He was hard working. When he set his mind to things, he was successful.”
On Thursday afternoon, police sealed off nine areas where bins had been collected earlier in the day.
They were not looking for evidence, but preserving the areas in case forensics were needed later.
One of those police cordons remained in place in Jacob Wells Road on Friday, and police said they were keeping an open mind about the death.
A post-mortem examination was due to have taken place on Friday.