One year after the death of QuadrigaCX founder Gerald Cotten, lawyers representing users of the cryptocurrency trading platform have asked the RCMP to exhume the body to make sure it’s him.
Cotten died on December 9, 2018 while travelling in India.
A death certificate was issued by the local Indian municipality as well as a “no objection certificate” from the police to return the body to Nova Scotia.
In the wake of his death, Vancouver’s QuadrigaCX, which had about 115,000 users, was unable to locate or secure a significant amount of cryptocurrency reserves.
30-year-old Cotten was the only person with access to passwords for the digital wallets holding some $180 million.
“The purpose of this letter is to request, on behalf of the Affected Users, that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (the “RCMP”), conduct an exhumation and post-mortem autopsy on the body of Gerald Cotten to confirm both its identity and the cause of death given the questionable circumstances surrounding Mr. Cotten’s death and the significant losses of Affected Users,” reads a December 13th letter from lawyer Miller Thomson.